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Pronunciation:  'kântnuns

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the exercise of self constraint in sexual matters
  2. [n]  voluntary control over urinary and fecal discharge

CONTINENCE is a 10 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: continency
 See Also: control, restraint, self-denial, self-discipline



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Con"ti*nence\, Continency \Con"ti*nen*cy\, n. [F.
continence, L. continentia. See {Continent}, and cf.
1. Self-restraint; self-command.

         He knew what to say; he knew also, when to leave
         off, -- a continence which is practiced by few
         writers.                              --Dryden.

2. The restraint which a person imposes upon his desires and
   passions; the act or power of refraining from indulgence
   of the sexual appetite, esp. from unlawful indulgence;
   sometimes, moderation in sexual indulgence.

         If they [the unmarried and widows] have not
         continency, let them marry.           --1 Cor. vii.
                                               9 (Rev. Ver.

         Chastity is either abstinence or continence:
         abstinence is that of virgins or widows; continence,
         that of married persons.              --Jer. Taylor.

3. Uninterrupted course; continuity. [Obs.] --Ayliffe.

Medical Dictionary
 Definition: ability to hold in a bowel movement or urine.
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