[ kon-tn-uh ns ]
/ ˈkɒn tn əns /


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

Origin of continence

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

Related forms

non·con·ti·nence, nounnon·con·ti·nen·cy, nounun·con·ti·nence, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Medicine definitions for continence


[ kŏntə-nəns ]


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

Related forms

conti•nent adj.
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