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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.
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1. (Pathology) having constipation; constipated
2. sluggish
3. niggardly
[C14: from Old French costivé, from Latin constipātus; see constipate]
ˈcostively adv
ˈcostiveness n
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(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.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.costive - retarding evacuation of feces; binding; constipating
laxative - stimulating evacuation of feces
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[ˈkɒstɪv] ADJestreñido
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adj (form: = constipated) → verstopft; (= constipating)stopfend
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Isolde crouched, with the sun on her back, as the feather fled under the boards, viewing in her mind's eye a phantom letter with Denis's costive handwriting; seeing herself snatch it from the pigeonhole and plunge it secretly into the pocket of her skirt.
Tacitus, in his Dialogue on Oratory, writes: "For the more powerful a man was as a speaker, the more easily did he obtain office, the more decisively superior was he to his colleagues in office, the more influence did he acquire with the leaders of the state, the more weight in the senate, the more notoriety and fame with the people," Tell that to the verbally costive Mitch McConnell or to the lubricious Chuck Schumer.
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He called, during his meeting with the Director of Coordinating Office of Humanitarian Assistance in New York, John Ging who was accompanied by representatives of states of Britain, United States of America, Norway and Netherlands in the Republican Palace Tuesday, for increase of support provided by donor countries to humanitarian work, for, he explained, development and reconstruction are costive than provision of food.
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The dialogue is always bouncy (even costive Doug is given some spicy one-liners) and there are some nice, Brysonish summaries of the towns and hotels the Petersens visit on their break." MARK LAWSON
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(14) At that first meeting they argued amicably about whether it was better to be meagre and 'costive', as Davin called it, with one's writing, or to be for copiousness and fluency, as he believed he was himself.