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 for Continence
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Continence \Con"ti*nence\, Continency \Con"ti*nen*cy\, n. [F.
     continence, L. continentia. See Continent, and cf.
     1. Self-restraint; self-command.
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              He knew what to say; he knew also, when to leave
              off, -- a continence which is practiced by few
              writers.                              --Dryden.
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     2. The restraint which a person imposes upon his desires and
        passions; the act or power of refraining from indulgence
        of the sexual appetite, esp. from unlawful indulgence;
        sometimes, moderation in sexual indulgence.
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              If they [the unmarried and widows] have not
              continency, let them marry.           --1 Cor. vii.
                                                    9 (Rev. Ver.
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              Chastity is either abstinence or continence:
              abstinence is that of virgins or widows; continence,
              that of married persons.              --Jer. Taylor.
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     3. Uninterrupted course; continuity. [Obs.] --Ayliffe.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: the exercise of self constraint in sexual matters [syn:
           continence, continency]
      2: voluntary control over urinary and fecal discharge

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  111 Moby Thesaurus words for "continence":
     Encratism, Friday, Lenten fare, Platonic love, Pythagoreanism,
     Pythagorism, Rechabitism, Shakerism, Spartan fare, Stoicism,
     abnegation, abstainment, abstemiousness, abstention, abstinence,
     asceticism, avoidance, bachelordom, bachelorhood, bachelorism,
     bachelorship, banyan day, boundary, bounds, calm, calmness,
     celibacy, chasteness, chastity, confinement, conservatism,
     constraint, continency, control, cool, discipline, dispassion,
     eschewal, evenness, fast, fish day, fruitarianism, gentleness,
     golden mean, gymnosophy, happy medium, impartiality, intactness,
     judiciousness, juste-milieu, lenity, limit, limitation, maidenhead,
     maidenhood, meden agan, middle way, mildness, misogamy, misogyny,
     moderateness, moderation, moderationism, monachism, monasticism,
     nephalism, neutrality, nonviolence, nothing in excess, pacifism,
     plain living, prescription, proscription, prudence, purity,
     qualification, refraining, refrainment, repose, restrain,
     restraint, restriction, self-abnegation, self-control, self-denial,
     self-restraint, serenity, sexual abstinence, simple diet,
     single blessedness, single state, singleness, sobriety, spare diet,
     spinsterhood, stability, steadiness, teetotalism, temperance,
     temperateness, the pledge, total abstinence, tranquillity,
     unexcessiveness, unextravagance, unextremeness, unwed state,
     vegetarianism, via media, virgin state, virginity

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