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costive

[ kos-tiv, kaw-stiv ]
/ ˈkɒs tɪv, ˈkɔ stɪv /
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adjective

suffering from constipation; constipated.
slow in action or in expressing ideas, opinions, etc.
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)

OTHER WORDS FROM costive

cos·tive·ly, adverbcos·tive·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for costive

costive
/ (ˈkɒstɪv) /

adjective

having constipation; constipated
sluggish
niggardly

Derived forms of costive

costively, adverbcostiveness, noun

Word Origin for costive

C14: from Old French costivé, from Latin constipātus; see constipate
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Medical definitions for costive

costive
[ kŏstĭv ]

adj.

Suffering from constipation.
Causing constipation.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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