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Meaning of COSTIVE

Pronunciation:  'kâstiv

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[adj]  retarding evacuation of feces
 

COSTIVE is a 7 letter word that starts with C.

 

 Synonyms: binding, constipating
 
 Antonyms: laxative
 

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Cos"tive\ (k?s"t?v), a. [OF. costev['e], p. p. of
costever, F. constiper, L. constipare to press closely
together, to cram; con- + stipare to press together, cram.
See {Stipulate}, {Stiff}, and cf. {Constipate}.]
1. Retaining fecal matter in the bowels; having too slow a
   motion of the bowels; constipated.

2. Reserved; formal; close; cold. [Obs.] ``A costive brain.''
   --Prior. ``Costive of laughter.'' --B. Jonson.

         You must be frank, but without indiscretion; and
         close, but without being costive.     --Lord
                                               Chesterfield.

3. Dry and hard; impermeable; unyielding. [Obs.]

         Clay in dry seasons is costive, hardening with the
         sun and wind.                         --Mortimer.

 

 

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