- self-restraint; moderation
- self-restraint in, esp. total abstinence from, sexual activity
Origin of continenceOld French from Classical Latin continentia from present participle of continere: see contain
- Voluntary control over urinary and fecal discharge.
- Self-restraint, especially abstinence from sexual intercourse. See Synonyms at abstinence.
Dated from the 14th Century CE; from Old French continence, from Latin continentia (“a repression”).