from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Incontinence.

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  • n. Variant of incontinence.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Incontinence.

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  • n. involuntary urination or defecation


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  • One of the most frequently named of them is 'incontinency', which seems to refer to either premarital or extramarital sex.


  • Aristotle is said to have been guilty of great vanity in his clothes, of incontinency, and of unfaithfulness to his master,

    Religio Medici

  • That, after all, incontinency is powerless to bring us to that realm of sweetness which some look upon579 as her peculiar province; it is not incontinency but self-control alone which has the passport to highest pleasures.


  • The works of the temperate spirit and the works of incontinency are, I take it, diametrically opposed?


  • The cause of much waking in a dry brain, continual meditation, discontent, fears and cares, that suffer not the mind to be at rest, incontinency is from wind, and a hot liver, Montanus, cons.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Howsoever the best way is to contemn it, which [6214] Henry II. king of France advised a courtier of his, jealous of his wife, and complaining of her unchasteness, to reject it, and comfort himself; for he that suspects his wife's incontinency, and fears the Pope's curse, shall never live a merry hour, or sleep a quiet night: no remedy but patience.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • The property was then in the possession of one Thomas Power, with whom his mother had been living "in the state of incontinency without being married to him."

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  • | Reply precious rules though. ever notice that older women with incontinency issues always seem to be smiling about their new drip-prevention products?

    EXTRALIFE – By Scott Johnson - The rules of advertising.

  • There is an incontinency of friendship among young fellows, who are associated by their mutual pleasures only, which has, very frequently, bad consequences.

    Letters to his son on The Art of Becoming a Man of the World and a Gentleman

  • Showing the truth of many observations of Ovid, and of other more grave writers, who have proved beyond contradiction, that wine is often the forerunner of incontinency

    The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling


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