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Pronunciation: kon'ti-nents


  1. The ability to retain urine or feces until the proper time for their discharge.
  2. Moderation, temperance, or self-restraint in respect to the appetites, especially in relationship to sexual intercourse.

[L. continentia, fr. con- tineo, to hold back]

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