Definition of incontinence in US English:

incontinence

noun

  • 1Lack of voluntary control over urination or defecation.

    ‘causes of urinary incontinence’
    • ‘Incontinence can result in bladder infections.’
    • ‘Whatever the cause, fecal incontinence can be a source of embarrassment.’
    • ‘Behavioral therapy may reduce the mean number of incontinence episodes by as much as 50 percent.’
    • ‘This affects elderly people and such people who are incontinence sufferers.’
    • ‘Surgery can be used to treat moderate to severe stress incontinence.’
    • ‘I need to buy incontinence pads.’
    • ‘Pelvic floor muscles help prevent urinary incontinence.’
    • ‘About 1 out of 3 women has incontinence.’
    • ‘People with urge incontinence often go to the toilet a lot during the night.’
    • ‘An estimated 40 million women - and perhaps half as many men - of all ages suffer from incontinence.’
  • 2Lack of self-restraint.

    ‘the emotional incontinence of modern society’
    • ‘Aristotle investigates character traits - continence and incontinence - that are not as blameworthy as the vices but not as praiseworthy as the virtues.’
    • ‘The newspaper grumbled that doctors, unions, and hospital administrators needed to recognize that "excellence of service is not dependent on utter incontinence in the spending of health dollars."’
    • ‘The report is scathing about the financial incontinence of bankers and consumers but complacent about regulatory failures.’
    • ‘His speech coincided with a report on Ireland's fiscal incontinence.’
    • ‘It should be noticed that all three of these deficiencies - continence, incontinence, vice - involve some lack of internal harmony.’
    • ‘Such incontinence, driven by public spending rising faster than the growth in the economy, cannot be controlled for long while keeping taxes down.’
    • ‘I didn't stutter or display more than my normal tendencies to verbal incontinence, so I'm about as happy as I could reasonably be expected to be.’
    • ‘He was a flawed personality who damaged himself and his family by his sexual incontinence.’
    • ‘Their respect for the captain operated as a check to the incontinence of their passions.’
    • ‘Her human awkwardness and emotional incontinence showed in her every gesture.’

Pronunciation

incontinence

/iNGˈkänt(ə)nəns/