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EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Old French incontinent, from Latin incontinens, from in + continens.

AdjectiveEdit

incontinent (comparative more incontinent, superlative most incontinent)

  1. (often followed by of) Unable to contain or retain.
  2. Lacking the ability to restrain natural discharges or evacuations of urination or defecation.
  3. Lacking moral or sexual restraint, moderation or self-control, especially of sexual desire.
  4. Unrestrained or unceasing.
    an incontinent river of pure water
  5. (colloquial) Immediate; without delay.

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AdverbEdit

incontinent (not comparable)

  1. (obsolete) Immediately, forthwith.

NounEdit

incontinent (plural incontinents)

  1. (obsolete) One who is unchaste.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Ben Jonson to this entry?)

FrenchEdit

PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Middle French incontinent, borrowed from Latin incontinens, incontinentem, from in + continens.

AdjectiveEdit

incontinent (feminine singular incontinente, masculine plural incontinents, feminine plural incontinentes)

  1. (medicine) incontinent, suffering from incontinence, enuretic

Etymology 2Edit

Borrowed from Latin in continenti.

AdverbEdit

incontinent

  1. (now literary) forthwith, at once

Further readingEdit


Middle FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Latin incontinens, incontinentem, from in + continens.

AdjectiveEdit

incontinent m (feminine singular incontinente, masculine plural incontinens, feminine plural incontinentes)

  1. incontinent (lacking restraint)

AdverbEdit

incontinent

  1. immediately; straight away; right away

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DescendantsEdit

  • French: incontinent