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EtymologyEdit

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

NounEdit

continence (usually uncountable, plural continences)

  1. The voluntary control of urination and defecation.
  2. Moderation or self-restraint, especially in sexual activity; abstinence.
    • For usage examples of this term, see Citations:continence.
    • Dryden
      He knew what to say; he knew also, when to leave off, — a continence which is practiced by few writers.
    • Jeremy Taylor
      Chastity is either abstinence or continence: abstinence is that of virgins or widows; continence, that of married persons.
  3. Uninterrupted course; continuity.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Ayliffe to this entry?)

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ReferencesEdit

  • continence” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2017.