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Examples from the Web for costive
Costive, kos′tiv, adj. having the motion of the bowels too slow: constipated.
If the patient is costive, Nux should be taken at night, until his bowels become regular.An Epitome of Homeopathic Healing Art|B. L. Hill
I was of a costive, dyspeptic habit, which has been entirely removed.Vegetable Diet: As Sanctioned by Medical Men, and by Experience in All Ages|William Andrus Alcott
An egg may be taken at this meal by those luxuriously inclined, and if not of a costive habit.The Allinson Vegetarian Cookery Book|Thomas R. Allinson
If they are costive, put in a little melted lard, or some kind of inoffensive oil.Soil Culture|J. H. Walden
British Dictionary definitions for costive
Word Origin for costive
Word Origin and History for costive
c.1400, from Middle French costivé, from Latin constipatus, past participle of constipare (see constipation).