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Definition of "continence" [con•ti•nence]

  • Self-restraint; moderation. (noun)
  • Voluntary control over urinary and fecal discharge. (noun)
  • Partial or complete abstention from sexual activity. See Synonyms at abstinence. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "continence" in a sentence
  • "Nurses and nurse practitioners who are trained in continence care are needed to help provide support for those individuals living with incontinence in the community and their caregivers."
  • "And, while Jeff's comment on clerical continence is premature, I suspect we are heading toward a serious re-examination of that issue at the universal level."
  • "Full bladder continence is pretty much there in spite of his obvious fear of any public toilet (remember that big insulated bubble he has) but we have yet to poopin the potty."