noun the exercise of self constraint in sexual matters
noun voluntary control over urinary and fecal discharge
Con"ti*nence, Con"ti*nen*cy noun
, L. continentia
. See Continent
, and cf. Countenance
- Self-restraint; self-command.
He knew what to say; he knew also, when to leave off, -- a continence which is practiced by few writers.
- 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.
- Uninterrupted course; continuity. Obs.
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