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[in-kon-tn-uh nt-lee]
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  1. without exercising continence.
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Origin of incontinently1

First recorded in 1545–55; incontinent + -ly


[in-kon-tn-uh nt-lee]
adverb Archaic.
  1. immediately; at once; straightaway.
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Origin of incontinently2

1475–85; late Middle English incontinent, in same sense (< Middle French < Late Latin in continentī (tempore) in continuous (time), i.e., without pause; see continent) + -ly
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Examples from the Web for incontinently

Historical Examples

  • He did not flee from it incontinently, as one might have expected him to do.


    Joseph Conrad

  • He caught her arm and dragged her incontinently toward the door.

    Mountain Blood

    Joseph Hergesheimer

  • The culprit was hauled, incontinently, dolefully wailing, to bed.

    Mountain Blood

    Joseph Hergesheimer

  • One had it that he had quarrelled with Coach Robey and been incontinently "fired."

    Left Guard Gilbert

    Ralph Henry Barbour

  • For an instant he wanted to get at, and incontinently brain, those other people.

Word Origin and History for incontinently


early 15c., "immediately, without delay," from incontinent + -ly (2). In reference to physical looseness, from 1550s.

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