incontinent

[ in-kon-tn-uh nt ]
/ ɪnˈkɒn tn ənt /

adjective

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

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin incontinent- (stem of incontinēns). See in-3, continent (adj.)

OTHER WORDS FROM incontinent

in·con·ti·nence, in·con·ti·nen·cy, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH incontinent

incontinent inconsistent (see synonym study at inconsistent)
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British Dictionary definitions for incontinence (1 of 2)

incontinent1
/ (ɪnˈkɒntɪnənt) /

adjective

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

Derived forms of incontinent

incontinence or incontinency, nounincontinently, adverb

Word Origin for incontinent

C14: from Old French, from Latin incontinens, from in- 1 + continere to hold, restrain

British Dictionary definitions for incontinence (2 of 2)

incontinent2

incontinently

/ (ɪnˈkɒntɪnənt) /

adverb

obsolete words for immediately

Word Origin for incontinent

C15: from Late Latin in continentī tempore, literally: in continuous time, that is, with no interval
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Medical definitions for incontinence (1 of 2)

incontinence
[ ĭn-kŏntə-nəns ]

n.

The inability to control excretory functions.
Lack of restraint in sexual relations; immoderation.

Medical definitions for incontinence (2 of 2)

incontinent
[ ĭn-kŏntə-nənt ]

adj.

Lacking normal voluntary control of excretory functions.
Lacking sexual restraint; unchaste.
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