Etymology
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incontinence (n.)

late 14c., "inability to restrain sexual desire, sexual immorality," later "inability to keep to a religious rule" (early 15c.), from Old French incontinence "lack of abstinence, unchastity" (12c.) or directly from Latin incontinentia "greediness; incontinence, inability to contain," abstract noun from incontinens "incontinent, immoderate, intemperate" (see incontinent). Meaning "inability to restrain bodily functions" is from 1754.

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Definitions of incontinence

incontinence (n.)
involuntary urination or defecation;
Synonyms: incontinency
incontinence (n.)
indiscipline with regard to sensuous pleasures;
Synonyms: dissoluteness / self-gratification
From wordnet.princeton.edu