Self-restraint, especially abstinence from sexual intercourse.
Origin of continence
Dated from the 14th Century CE; from Old French continence, from Latincontinentia (“a repression”).
Continence Sentence Examples
Let people have married or be anyhow steeled in continence before they are admitted to baptism.
He and his co-signatories confessed that they had lived unchastely, but argued that priests could not be expected to do otherwise, seeing that God had not seen fit to give the gift of continence.
In 1830 he was rector of the university; and in his speech at the tricentenary of the Augsburg Confession in that year he charged the Catholic Church with regarding the virtues of the pagan world as brilliant vices, and giving the crown of perfection to poverty, continence and obedience.