Definition of incontinent in English:


Syllabification: in·con·ti·nent
Pronunciation: /inˈkäntənənt, -ˈkäntn-ənt


  • 1Having no or insufficient voluntary control over urination or defecation.
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    • Two-hourly reminders to void may control many incontinent people, especially in the nursing home.
    • A patient who is diabetic, receiving antibiotics or immunosuppressive therapy incontinent, or perspiring heavily faces additional risk: he or she could acquire a fungal skin infection.
    • This covers the initial error and later events, when I went into retention a third time, lost the sensation of urination, and was doubly incontinent with diminished sensation in the genital region.
  • 2Lacking self-restraint; uncontrolled: the incontinent hysteria of the fans
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    • In this case ‘FU’ is a shorthand employed by party whips to describe sexually incontinent MPs who have thus far managed to keep their sordid secrets from their spouses but not the party managers.
    • Some people - say, for example, certain sexually incontinent recovering Catholics - just don't take well to compromise, no matter how much or how little.
    • Worse, instead of picking up plaudits and slowly building up a power base in Washington she found herself being derided as a doormat for her sexually incontinent husband.
    unrestrained, lacking self-restraint, uncontrolled, unbridled, unchecked, unfettered; uncontrollable, ungovernable



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  • She finds social situations embarrassing and is fed up as the cough causes urinary incontinence and disrupts her sleep.
  • They are the primary movers behind the blurring of the public and the private in the West, and the promotion of emotional incontinence.
  • While on remand at Bedford Prison, Tesseyman confessed to a fellow inmate that he had been tired of Edith's incontinence.


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  • Journalism has always been a profession for misfits, contrarians, the incontinently curious, compulsives, obsessives, drunks and womanisers, the wilfully incompetent and the instinctively talented.
  • He's never happier than when bodily fluids are flowing incontinently.
  • On two continents, they incontinently spout platitudes, nonsense, tall tales, or pseudopoetic fantasies.


late Middle English (sense 2): from Old French, or from Latin incontinent-, from in- 'not' + continent- 'holding together' (see continent2). sense 1 dates from the early 19th century.

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