continence


con·ti·nence

noun \ˈkän-tə-nən(t)s\

Definition of CONTINENCE

1
:  self-restraint; especially :  a refraining from sexual intercourse
2
:  the ability to retain a bodily discharge voluntarily <fecal continence>

Examples of CONTINENCE

  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>

First Known Use of CONTINENCE

14th century

con·ti·nence

noun \ˈkänt-ən-ən(t)s\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of CONTINENCE

1
: self-restraint in refraining from sexual intercourse
2
: the ability to retain a bodily discharge voluntarily <fecal continence>

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