con·​ti·​nence | \ ˈkän-tə-nən(t)s How to pronounce continence (audio) \

Definition of continence

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

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Examples of continence in a Sentence

argued for a pregnancy-prevention program that did not put so much faith in the continence of teenagers experiencing a moment of unusual continence, I refrained from returning her gratuitous insult

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This also means that patients experience higher rates of erectile-function recovery and a faster return to urinary continence. WSJ, "Is Robotic Prostate Surgery Better Than Traditional Surgery?," 24 June 2018 Charging by service can include extra fees for help with bathing or showering, dressing, grooming or managing continence. Cassie Cope And Fred Clasen-kelly, charlotteobserver, "Her sick mom's care was costing her thousands and they 'didn't even give you sheets'," 31 May 2018 Although nearly everyone thinks happiness declines with age—along with our posture, continence and memory—the truth is more interesting. Emily Bobrow, WSJ, "‘The Happiness Curve’ Review: Midlife Slump and Late-Life Upswing," 31 May 2018

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First Known Use of continence

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for continence

see continent entry 1

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The first known use of continence was in the 14th century

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con·​ti·​nence | \ ˈkänt-ᵊn-ən(t)s How to pronounce continence (audio) \

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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