- 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 incontinent
What followed for eight years could have been more accurately called “Incontinent conservatism.”Quit Redefining Conservatism
February 19, 2010
For with the incontinent man it is not as with the self-seeker and the covetous.
It is the incontinent who have neither part nor lot in any one of them.
It would seem you are decidedly of opinion that the incontinent are the reverse of free?
Incontinent the kyng commaunded to take and put hym to dethe.Shakespeare Jest-Books;
His words were overheard of sundry Trevisans, who asked him incontinent, 'How!The Decameron of Giovanni Boccaccio
- 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 incontinent
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.