continence

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EtymologyEdit

Dated from the 14th century; borrowed from Old French continence, from Latin continentia (a repression). See also countenance.

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  • IPA(key): /ˈkɒntɪnəns/
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NounEdit

continence (usually uncountable, plural continences)

  1. (urology) The voluntary control of urination and defecation.
  2. Moderation or self-restraint, especially in sexual activity; abstinence.
  3. Uninterrupted course; continuity.
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Category English terms derived from the PIE root *ten- not found

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ReferencesEdit

  • continence” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2020.
  • continence in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911.
  • continence at OneLook Dictionary Search

FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin continentia.

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continence f (plural continences)

  1. continence

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