- (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.
- 1953, Samuel Beckett, Watt, Olympia Press:
- For this was a line so little frequented, especially at this hour, when the driver, the stoker, the guard and the station staffs all along the line, were anhelating towards their wives, after the long hours of continence, that the train would hardly draw up, when it would be off again, like a bouncing ball.
- Uninterrupted course; continuity.
- 1726, John Ayliffe, Parergon juris canonici Anglicani:
- the Continence of the Cause should be divided
Alternative forms edit
- (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
Related terms edit
voluntary control of urination and defecation
moderation or self-restraint, especially in sexual activity; abstinence
See also edit
continence f (plural continences)