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Continent, adj. 1) restraining: “have a c. forbearance till the speed of his rage goes slower,” Lr. I, 2, 182. -- 2) free from concupiscence: “my past life hath been as c. as chaste,” Wint. III, 2, 35.
In the following passages it may be taken in either sense: “contrary to thy established proclaimed edict and c. canon,” LLL I, 1, 262. “my desire all c. impediments would o'erbear,” Mcb. IV, 3, 64.
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