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a. Suffering from constipation.
b. Causing constipation.
2. Slow; sluggish.
3. Stingy.

[Middle English costif, from Old French costeve, past participle of costever, to constipate, from Latin cōnstīpāre; see constipate.]

cos′tive·ly adv.
cos′tive·ness n.


1. (Pathology) having constipation; constipated
2. sluggish
3. niggardly
[C14: from Old French costivé, from Latin constipātus; see constipate]
ˈcostively adv
ˈcostiveness n


(ˈkɒs tɪv, ˈkɔ stɪv)

1. affected with or causing constipation.
2. slow in action or speech.
3. Obs. stingy; tight-fisted.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Anglo-French *costif, for Middle French costivé, past participle of costiver to constipate < Latin constīpāre (see constipate)]
cos′tive•ly, adv.
cos′tive•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.costive - retarding evacuation of feces; binding; constipating
laxative - stimulating evacuation of feces




[ˈkɒstɪv] ADJestreñido


adj (form: = constipated) → verstopft; (= constipating)stopfend
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