American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The quality or state of being incontinent.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The quality of being incontinent; want of continence or holding in; unrestrained movement or flow; superabundant outpour.
- n. Specifically.
- n. Lack of due restraint of the appetites or passions; intemperance in sexual intercourse; unchasteness; licentiousness.
- n. In medicine, the inability of any of the physical organs to restrain discharges of their contents; involuntary discharge or evacuation: as, incontinence of urine.
- n. dated Lack of self-restraint, an inability to control oneself; unchastity.
- n. medicine The inability of any of the physical organs to restrain discharges of their contents; involuntary discharge or evacuation (of urine or feces).
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Incapacity to hold; hence, incapacity to hold back or restrain; the quality or state of being incontinent; lack of continence; failure to restrain the passions or appetites; indulgence of lust; lewdness.
- n. (Med.) The inability of any of the animal organs to restrain the natural evacuations, especially urination, or defecation, so that the discharges are involuntary.
- n. involuntary urination or defecation
- n. indiscipline with regard to sensuous pleasures
- From French incontinence, or Latin incontinentia. (Wiktionary)
“We have examples of such desires in a morbid or diseased form, species of mania; but here again the term incontinence is only applied by analogy.”
“Fortunately, urinary incontinence is a very treatable condition, whereby, when present, obesity treatment can have a significant benefit.”
“As blogged before, urinary incontinence is a common problem in women with excess weight, which often responds well to weight loss.”
“But I was buoyed by the knowledge that she had done the same to all 6 of us kids and none of us seemed to be suffering any long-term incontinence or "feelings of failure, inadequacy or general stress" around bathroom visits.”
“Then you will have my respect but only after Aunt Berta's incontinence is history.”
“Similarly there is no incontinence with regard to them; for incontinence is not only to be avoided but is also a thing worthy of blame; but owing to a similarity in the state of feeling people apply the name incontinence, adding in each case what it is in respect of, as we may describe as a bad doctor or a bad actor one whom we should not call bad, simply.”
“That may include claims that it carries lower risks of long-term incontinence and impotence than traditional open surgery.”
“A sleepier body normalization index was own of a more long-term incontinence gain.”
“As for the e-mail from customer service agent Scott, Turrell confirmed Scott accidentally typed the word incontinence when he meant inconvenience.”
“I'm left with a loss of balance, which comes and goes, and incontinence, which is an awful bore.”
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