- suffering from constipation; constipated.
- slow in action or in expressing ideas, opinions, etc.
- Obsolete. stingy; tight-fisted.
Origin of costive
Examples from the Web for costiveness
Historical Examples of costiveness
Persons afflicted with headache should beware of costiveness: their drink should be diluting, and their feet and legs kept warm.
Costiveness of the bowels, if not counteracted, may end in serious consequences.Cattle and Cattle-breeders
Costiveness from increased action of the intestinal absorbents.Zoonomia, Vol. II
If there is fulness and pain in the head from costiveness, Bell.An Epitome of Homeopathic Healing Art
B. L. Hill
Costiveness, though not a uniform, is yet a prevailing symptom.
- having constipation; constipated
Word Origin for costive
Word Origin and History for costiveness
c.1400, from Middle French costivé, from Latin constipatus, past participle of constipare (see constipation).
- Suffering from constipation.
- Causing constipation.