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incontinent

[in-kon-tn-uh nt]
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adjective
  1. unable to restrain natural discharges or evacuations of urine or feces.
  2. unable to contain or retain (usually followed by of): incontinent of temper.
  3. lacking in moderation or self-control, especially of sexual desire.
  4. unceasing or unrestrained: an incontinent flow of talk.
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Origin of incontinent

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin incontinent- (stem of incontinēns). See in-3, continent (adj.)
Related formsin·con·ti·nence, in·con·ti·nen·cy, noun
Can be confusedincontinent inconsistent (see synonym study at inconsistent)
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British Dictionary definitions for incontinence

incontinent1

adjective
  1. lacking in restraint or control, esp sexually
  2. relating to or exhibiting involuntary urination or defecation
  3. (foll by of) having little or no control (over)
  4. unrestrained; uncontrolled
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Derived Formsincontinence or incontinency, nounincontinently, adverb

Word Origin

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

incontinent2

incontinently

adverb
  1. obsolete words for immediately
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Word Origin

C15: from Late Latin in continentī tempore, literally: in continuous time, that is, with no interval
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Word Origin and History for incontinence

n.

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.

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incontinent

adj.

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.

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incontinence in Medicine

incontinence

(ĭn-kŏntə-nəns)
n.
  1. The inability to control excretory functions.
  2. Lack of restraint in sexual relations; immoderation.
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incontinent

(ĭn-kŏntə-nənt)
adj.
  1. Lacking normal voluntary control of excretory functions.
  2. Lacking sexual restraint; unchaste.
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