continence

Continence refers to self control. It’s the ability to hold it all in.

The word continence come from the Latin continentia which means "a holding back.” It hasn’t changed much — continence means holding back bodily functions. It’s often used in the negative, incontinence, which describes a situation you get into with babies or sick people, where they can’t control their bowels. In another sense, continence is a little like abstinence, but while abstinence is refraining from sex, usually for a religious reason, continence refers to the ability to do so.

Definitions of continence
  1. noun
    voluntary control over urinary and fecal discharge
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    type of:
    control, restraint
    discipline in personal and social activities
  2. noun
    the exercise of self constraint in sexual matters
    synonyms: continency
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    type of:
    self-denial, self-discipline
    the trait of practicing self discipline
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