- 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 incontinency
Or what can be safe to a man, that geueth himselfe to incontinency?The Palace of Pleasure
To do so, he got up a charge against her of incontinency with the cook, and put both in confinement.
He is defamed of incontinency with Lucia de la Stubbe, a married woman (conjugata).
The woman is denominated a sinner, because incontinency was her trade and the means of her subsistence.Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. II
Francis Augustus Cox
Whilst I was thus making these laudable dispositions, and whispering to myself a kind of tacit vow of incontinency, enters Mr. H..Memoirs Of Fanny Hill
- 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 incontinency
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.
- Lacking normal voluntary control of excretory functions.
- Lacking sexual restraint; unchaste.