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continence

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noun con·ti·nence \ˈkän-tə-nən(t)s\

Definition of continence

  1. 1 :  self-restraint; especially :  a refraining from sexual intercourse

  2. 2 :  the ability to retain a bodily discharge voluntarily <fecal continence>



Examples of continence in a sentence

  1. <argued for a pregnancy-prevention program that did not put so much faith in the continence of teenagers>

  2. <experiencing a moment of unusual continence, I refrained from returning her gratuitous insult>



14th Century

First Known Use of continence

14th century


Medical Dictionary

continence

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noun con·ti·nence \ˈkänt-ən-ən(t)s\

Medical Definition of continence

  1. 1:  self-restraint in refraining from sexual intercourse

  2. 2:  the ability to retain a bodily discharge voluntarily <fecal continence>





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