One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Having no or insufficient voluntary control over urination or defecation.
- ‘He became incontinent and lost control of his bowels.’
- ‘Although overhydrated from exposure to urine or stool, perineal skin in an incontinent patient may paradoxically be described as ‘dry’ because of a deficiency of the oils seen in normal skin.’
- ‘However, some people with Alzheimer's never become incontinent.’
- ‘She looked very pale and was vomiting and doubly incontinent.’
- ‘Mahlati is one of many at the school who are incontinent and has no control over her bladder.’
- ‘In addition, they were more likely to be incontinent of stool but less likely to be incontinent of urine.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘I've got less grace than a duck with one leg, and less control than an incontinent old person on All-Bran.’
- ‘Curing ulcerative colitis but leaving the patient incontinent of feces does the patient a great disservice.’
- ‘Three quarters of the incontinent women were still incontinent six years later.’
- ‘Many men afterwards find it difficult to get or keep an erection, and a minority will be incontinent.’
- ‘This last option is generally reserved for incontinent women who are terminally ill, have a pressure ulcer, or live alone with no one available to provide other options for continence control.’
- ‘An overactive bladder, the second most common cause of urinary incontinence in women, affects 30% of incontinent women, the prevalence increasing with age.’
- ‘Specifically, increasing physical activity and decreasing the intrusiveness of the nursing home environment at night can improve those factors in nursing home residents who are incontinent.’
- ‘Eight hours after admission, she experienced increased restlessness, irritability, severe dyspnea, nausea, and vomiting, and she was incontinent of urine and feces.’
- ‘Two-hourly reminders to void may control many incontinent people, especially in the nursing home.’
- ‘After six weeks of therapy, the mean number of incontinent episodes was reduced by one half in the treatment group but by only 15 percent in the control group.’
- ‘They were classified as incontinent if they responded ‘occasionally,’ ‘often,’ or ‘always’ to any of the items.’
- ‘The work of attending those who were vomiting, incontinent, or who had offensive wounds strained patient-family relationships.’
- ‘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’
unrestrained, uncontrolled, lacking self-restraint, unbridled, unchecked, ungoverned, uncurbed, unsuppressed, unfettered, untrammelledView synonyms
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Playboys are no longer thought suave but sexually incontinent.’
- ‘Some people - say, for example, certain sexually incontinent recovering Catholics - just don't take well to compromise, no matter how much or how little.’
- ‘They could be sexually incontinent too, sleeping with the daughters of local civilians and seducing their men's wives.’
Late Middle English (in incontinent (sense 2)): from Old French, or from Latin incontinent-, from in- ‘not’ + continent- ‘holding together’ (see continent). incontinent (sense 1) dates from the early 19th century.
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