Continence Con"ti*nence, Continency Con"ti*nen*cy, n. [F. continence, L. continentia. See {Continent}, and cf. {Countenance}.] 1. Self-restraint; self-command. [1913 Webster]

He knew what to say; he knew also, when to leave off, -- a continence which is practiced by few writers. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

2. 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. [1913 Webster]

If they [the unmarried and widows] have not continency, let them marry. --1 Cor. vii. 9 (Rev. Ver. ). [1913 Webster]

Chastity is either abstinence or continence: abstinence is that of virgins or widows; continence, that of married persons. --Jer. Taylor. [1913 Webster]

3. Uninterrupted course; continuity. [Obs.] --Ayliffe. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.