incontinent

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adjective

in·​con·​ti·​nent (ˌ)in-ˈkän-tə-nənt How to pronounce incontinent (audio)
: not continent: such as
a
: unable to voluntarily control retention of urine or feces in the body
b(1)
: lacking self-restraint
(2)
: not being under control

incontinent

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adverb

Examples of incontinent in a Sentence

Adjective special products for incontinent patients
Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
In a blunter mode, the romance novelist Jilly Cooper once named an incontinent goat for a reviewer who had savaged her work. Parul Sehgal, The New Yorker, 4 Dec. 2023 After starting this treatment, the sanctuary determined that the kitten was incontinent. Kelli Bender, Peoplemag, 6 Apr. 2023 Recently, her dog was given a diagnosis of an incurable spinal tumor and then became incontinent. Kwame Anthony Appiah, New York Times, 13 Sep. 2022 Men whose hernias had been repaired with mesh were left incontinent and forced to wear adult diapers. Jeanne Lenzer, Discover Magazine, 11 Feb. 2011 By her early 30s, the after-effects of the radiation had damaged her colon to the point where Burgess-Stocks became incontinent. Colleen Murphy, Health.com, 29 Nov. 2021 In rapidly aging Japan, more diapers are used by older, incontinent people than by babies. New York Times, 15 Nov. 2021 Karreon had autism and was developmentally disabled, incontinent, non-verbal and partially blind, according to a search warrant affidavit filed in Clark County Superior Court. oregonlive, 28 May 2021 Karreon was autistic, developmentally disabled, incontinent, non-verbal and partially blind, according to the affidavit. oregonlive, 14 Apr. 2021 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Adjective

Middle English, from Anglo-French or Latin; Anglo-French, from Latin incontinent-, incontinens, from in- + continent-, continens continent

Adverb

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin in continenti

First Known Use

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Adverb

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of incontinent was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Incontinent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/incontinent. Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

incontinent

adjective
in·​con·​ti·​nent
(ˈ)in-ˈkänt-ᵊn-ənt
1
: having or showing a lack of self-restraint or control
2
: unable to control keeping urine or feces in the body
incontinently adverb

Medical Definition

incontinent

adjective
in·​con·​ti·​nent (ˈ)in-ˈkänt-ᵊn-ənt How to pronounce incontinent (audio)
: not continent
especially : unable to retain a bodily discharge (as urine) voluntarily
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