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costive

[kos-tiv, kaw-stiv] /ˈkɒs tɪv, ˈkɔ stɪv/
adjective
1.
suffering from constipation; constipated.
2.
slow in action or in expressing ideas, opinions, etc.
3.
Obsolete. stingy; tight-fisted.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Anglo-French *costif, for Middle French costivé, past participle of costiver to constipate < Latin constīpāre (see constipate)
Related forms
costively, adverb
costiveness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for costive

costive

/ˈkɒstɪv/
adjective
1.
having constipation; constipated
2.
sluggish
3.
niggardly
Derived Forms
costively, adverb
costiveness, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French costivé, from Latin constipātus; see constipate
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Word Origin and History for costive
adj.

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

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costive in Medicine

costive cos·tive (kŏs'tĭv)
adj.

  1. Suffering from constipation.

  2. Causing constipation.

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