continence

[ kon-tn-uhns ]
/ ˈkɒn tn əns /

noun

self-restraint or abstinence, especially in regard to sexual activity; temperance; moderation.
Physiology. the ability to voluntarily control urinary and fecal discharge.

QUIZZES

WHO SAID IT: A QUIZ ON PRESIDENTIAL WIT AND WISDOM

Think you know your presidents? Take this quiz and see if you can match the style, wit, and ideology of these memorable lines to the right POTUS.
Question 1 of 9
“I do believe that the buck stops here, that I cannot rely upon public opinion polls to tell me what is right. I do believe that right makes might and that if I am wrong, 10 angels swearing I was right would make no difference.”
Also con·ti·nen·cy .

Origin of continence

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English word from Latin word continentia.See continent, -ence

OTHER WORDS FROM continence

non·con·ti·nence, nounnon·con·ti·nen·cy, nounun·con·ti·nence, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for continence

Medical definitions for continence

continence
[ kŏntə-nəns ]

n.

Self-restraint; moderation.
Voluntary control over urinary and fecal discharge.
Partial or complete abstention from sexual activity.

Other words from continence

conti•nent adj.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.