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continence


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Continence  \Con"ti*nence\,  Continency  \Con"ti*nen*cy\,  n.  [F. 
  continence,  L.  continentia  See  {Continent},  and  cf 
  {Countenance}.] 
  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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  continence 
  n  1:  the  exercise  of  self  constraint  in  sexual  matters  [syn:  {continency}] 
  2:  voluntary  control  over  urinary  and  fecal  discharge 




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