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[kos-tiv, kaw-stiv]
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  1. suffering from constipation; constipated.
  2. slow in action or in expressing ideas, opinions, etc.
  3. Obsolete. stingy; tight-fisted.
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Origin of costive

1350–1400; Middle English < Anglo-French *costif, for Middle French costivé, past participle of costiver to constipate < Latin constīpāre (see constipate)
Related formscos·tive·ly, adverbcos·tive·ness, noun
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Related Words for costive

cheap, close, close-fisted, frugal, miserly, parsimonious, penny-pinching, penurious, tight, tightfisted, blocked, clogged

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British Dictionary definitions for costive


  1. having constipation; constipated
  2. sluggish
  3. niggardly
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Derived Formscostively, adverbcostiveness, noun

Word Origin for costive

C14: from Old French costivé, from Latin constipātus; see constipate
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Word Origin and History for costive


c.1400, from Middle French costivé, from Latin constipatus, past participle of constipare (see constipation).

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costive in Medicine


  1. Suffering from constipation.
  2. Causing constipation.
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