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constipated

[ kon-stuh-pey-tid ]
/ ˈkɒn stəˌpeɪ tɪd /
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adjective
having a condition of the bowels in which the feces are dry and hardened and evacuation is difficult and infrequent: Most constipated people need more fluids and fiber.
slow-moving or immobilized, as by overregulation, backlogs, etc.: Such an approach only adds to a bloated bureaucracy and constipated decision-making.
overly stiff, repressed, or conventional; uptight: She describes her husband as “emotionally constipated.”
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Origin of constipated

First recorded in 1540–50; constipat(e) + -ed2

OTHER WORDS FROM constipated

un·con·sti·pat·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for constipated

constipated
/ (ˈkɒnstɪˌpeɪtɪd) /

adjective
suffering from constipation
subject to restriction or blockage in a flow of productive activity or creativity
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Medical definitions for constipated

constipated
[ kŏnstə-pā′tĭd ]

adj.
Suffering from constipation.
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