Continency
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.

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  • continency — n. self control, self discipline; self constraint in one s sexual desires and passions …   English contemporary dictionary

  • continency — con·ti·nen·cy …   English syllables

  • continency — noun the exercise of self constraint in sexual matters • Syn: ↑continence • Derivationally related forms: ↑continent, ↑continent (for: ↑continence) • Hypernyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • ТЕОРИЯ СЛУЧАЙНОСТИ — (continency theory) эмпирический подход в рамках теории организации, который соотносит особенности организационной структуры со случайными аспектами окружающей среды, технологии и т.д. и их воздействие на организационное поведение и эффективность …   Большой толковый социологический словарь

  • Encratites — • Literally, abstainers or persons who practised continency , because they refrained from the use of wine, animal food, and marriage Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Encratites     Encratites …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Chastity — • The virtue which excludes or moderates the indulgence of the sexual appetite Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Chastity     Chastity      …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Science and the Church — • Dicsusses the relationship between the two subjects Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Science and the Church     Science and the Church      …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • incontinent —    1. promiscuous    Literally, lacking self restraint, and the opposite of continent, copulating only with your regular partner:     He had rekindled her... she had never been particularly continent, (le Carré, 1980)    Obedience to the marriage …   How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

  • continence — noun 1. the exercise of self constraint in sexual matters (Freq. 1) • Syn: ↑continency • Derivationally related forms: ↑continent (for: ↑continency), ↑continent …   Useful english dictionary

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