- unable to restrain natural discharges or evacuations of urine or feces.
- unable to contain or retain (usually followed by of): incontinent of temper.
- lacking in moderation or self-control, especially of sexual desire.
- unceasing or unrestrained: an incontinent flow of talk.
Origin of incontinent
Examples from the Web for incontinence
Then, he confessed he feared his incontinence, caused by an untreated pinched nerve in his back, would keep him from finding love.The Party Monster Lives For the Applause: Michael Alig’s Second Act
February 28, 2014
Sitting at my computer desk I suddenly thought I understood what incontinence felt like.No Sex For Six Weeks After Giving Birth? It’s Too Long!
December 27, 2013
Incontinence, impotence, insomnia, and depression are terrible whether or not they're medicalized.The Seen and the Unseen
October 18, 2012
Secondly they mean to charge her with incontinence with Bothwell, and others.The Mystery of Mary Stuart
The causes of incontinence are the same as those of unchastity.Plain Facts for Old and Young
John Harvey Kellogg
The punishment of a Vestal Virgin for incontinence was death.Plutarch's Lives Volume III.
It is an incontinence of brilliance, graceless and aggressive, a glaring swagger.Certain Personal Matters
H. G. Wells
Incontinence in respect of anger is not so bad as in respect of desire.
- lacking in restraint or control, esp sexually
- relating to or exhibiting involuntary urination or defecation
- (foll by of) having little or no control (over)
- unrestrained; uncontrolled
- obsolete words for immediately
Word Origin and History for incontinence
late 14c., "inability to restrain sexual desire, sexual immorality," later "inability to keep to a religious rule" (early 15c.), from Old French incontinence "lack of abstinence, unchastity" (12c.) or directly from Latin incontinentia "greediness; incontinence," noun of quality from incontinens "incontinent, immoderate, intemperate" (see incontinent). Meaning "inability to retain bodily functions" is from 1754.
late 14c., "wanting in self restraint," from Old French incontinent, from Latin incontinentem (nominative incontinens) "incontinent, immoderate, intemperate," from in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + continens (see continent). Originally chiefly of sexual appetites; sense of "unable to control bowels or bladder" first attested 1828.
- The inability to control excretory functions.
- Lack of restraint in sexual relations; immoderation.
- Lacking normal voluntary control of excretory functions.
- Lacking sexual restraint; unchaste.