[kon-tn-uh ns] /ˈkɒn tn əns/

self-restraint or abstinence, especially in regard to sexual activity; temperance; moderation.
Physiology. the ability to voluntarily control urinary and fecal discharge.

late 14c., “self-restraint,” from Old French continence (14c.), from Latin continentia “a holding back, repression,” from continent-, present participle stem of continere (see continent). Especially of sexual desire from late 14c.; of the body’s eliminatory functions, from 1915. Related: Continency.

continence con·ti·nence (kŏn’tə-nəns)

con’ti·nent adj.

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