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continence

[ kon-tn-uhns ]
/ ˈkɒn tn əns /
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noun
self-restraint or abstinence, especially in regard to sexual activity; temperance; moderation.
Physiology. the ability to voluntarily control urinary and fecal discharge.
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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
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