Incontinence



[in-kon-tn-uh nt] /ɪnˈkɒn tn ənt/

adjective
1.
unable to restrain natural discharges or evacuations of urine or feces.
2.
unable to contain or retain (usually followed by of):
incontinent of temper.
3.
lacking in moderation or self-control, especially of sexual desire.
4.
unceasing or unrestrained:
an incontinent flow of talk.
/ɪnˈkɒntɪnənt/
adjective
1.
lacking in restraint or control, esp sexually
2.
relating to or exhibiting involuntary urination or defecation
3.
(foll by of) having little or no control (over)
4.
unrestrained; uncontrolled
/ɪnˈkɒntɪnənt/
adverb
1.
obsolete words for immediately
n.

late 14c., “inability to restrain sexual desire, sexual immorality,” later “inability to keep to a religious rule” (early 15c.), from Old French incontinence “lack of abstinence, unchastity” (12c.) or directly from Latin incontinentia “greediness; incontinence,” noun of quality from incontinens “incontinent, immoderate, intemperate” (see incontinent). Meaning “inability to retain bodily functions” is from 1754.
adj.

late 14c., “wanting in self restraint,” from Old French incontinent, from Latin incontinentem (nominative incontinens) “incontinent, immoderate, intemperate,” from in- “not, opposite of” (see in- (1)) + continens (see continent). Originally chiefly of sexual appetites; sense of “unable to control bowels or bladder” first attested 1828.

incontinence in·con·ti·nence (ĭn-kŏn’tə-nəns)
n.

incontinent in·con·ti·nent (ĭn-kŏn’tə-nənt)
adj.

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