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incontinent Syllabification: in·con·ti·nent
Pronunciation: /inˈkänt(ə)nənt/

Definition of incontinent in English:


1Having no or insufficient voluntary control over urination or defecation.
Example sentences
  • 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
More example sentences
  • 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


Pronunciation: /inˈkän(t)(ə)nən(t)lē/
Example sentences
  • 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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