- (urology) The voluntary control of urination and defecation.
- Moderation or self-restraint, especially in sexual activity; abstinence.
- For quotations using this term, see Citations:continence.
- 1700, [John] Dryden, “Preface”, in Fables Ancient and Modern; […], London: Printed for Jacob Tonson, […], OCLC 228732415:
- He knew what to say; he knew also, when to leave off, — a continence which is practised by few writers.
- 1650, Jeremy Taylor, The Rule and Exercises of Holy Living
- Chastity is either abstinence or continence: abstinence is that of virgins or widows; continence of married persons.
- Uninterrupted course; continuity.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Ayliffe to this entry?)
- (moderation or self-restraint): asceticism, temperance
- (uninterrupted course): See also Thesaurus:continuity
- (all): incontinence
- (moderation or self-restraint): acrasia, acrasy, intemperance
- (uninterrupted course): See also Thesaurus:discontinuity
Category English terms derived from the PIE root *ten- not found
voluntary control of urination and defecation
moderation or self-restraint, especially in sexual activity; abstinence
- “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
continence f (plural continences)