: the quality or state of being incontinent
: such as
- We may reasonably trust … that public sobriety will reassert itself over the political and intellectual incontinence that currently commands the headlines.
- —Woody West
: inability of the body to control the evacuative functions of urination or defecation : partial or complete loss of bladder or bowel control
— see also stress incontinence, urge incontinence
: failure to restrain sexual appetite
- It is true that the religion of the missionaries has … effected some good. It has restrained the vices of theft and incontinence.
- —Herman Melville