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Origin of expulsive

1350–1400; Middle English < Middle French expulsive (feminine) < Medieval Latin expulsīvus. See expulsion, -ive
Related formsnon·ex·pul·sive, adjective
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Related Words for expulsive

cathartic, excretory, purgative, aperient, evacuant, expulsive

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British Dictionary definitions for expulsive


  1. tending or serving to expel
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expulsive in Medicine


  1. Tending to expel.
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