That makes the playing of a football game not purgative but grotesque in the current context.
In some febrile and plethoric cases it is difficult to obtain the full action of a purgative.
The next morning administer a purgative dose of oil or salts.
However, some benefit may be expected from the occasional administration of a purgative dose of medicine.
A decoction of the leaves is purgative and is used in lead colic.
These phenomena may all disappear within two or three days by a spontaneous stool or by the use of a purgative.
We know that one medicine is a purgative, because it opens the bowels.
The first was a captain, and he gave the patient a purgative of the right size for captains to give.
They have medicinal qualities, purgative and diuretic in effect.
It is purgative, but being extremely bitter-tasted, is now less frequently used than formerly.
late 14c., from Old French purgatif (14c.) and directly from Late Latin purgativus, from purgat-, past participle stem of Latin purgare (see purge (v.)). The noun is attested from early 15c. (Old English medical texts have clænsungdrenc).
purgative pur·ga·tive (pûr'gə-tĭv)
An agent used for purging the bowels. adj.
Tending to cause evacuation of the bowels.