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continence (noun) self-control, especially in matters of sex.

A person practicing continence has self-control, especially in matters of sex. They avoid all kinds of sexual pleasures. Monks and nuns, vowed to a life of celibacy to devote themselves to the service of God, should have continence, that is, absolute control over sexual desires and pleasures.

  • It needs a lot of determination and willpower to practice continence, for human beings are created with the desire for sex as a natural urge.
  • There are a good many instances of nuns and monks finding themselves unable to practice continence, leaving their orders and returning to normal lives.
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