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incontinent

One of the less glamorous parts of parenthood is being responsible for an incontinent newborn who can't control the urge to urinate or defecate.

Incontinent is an adjective that describes someone who “goes to the bathroom” without actually being able to make it to the bathroom. Babies and children are incontinent until they are potty-trained and adults can be incontinent as a result of illness or injury. The -continent part of the word doesn’t have anything to do with geography, but rather is from a Latin word meaning “holding together.”

Definitions of incontinent
  1. adjective
    not restrained or controlled
    synonyms: unbridled, unchecked, uncurbed, ungoverned, wanton
    unrestrained
    not subject to restraint
  2. adjective
    not having control over urination and defecation
    Synonyms:
    leaky
    used informally; unable to retain urine
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    Antonyms:
    continent
    having control over urination and defecation
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