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a. Suffering from constipation.
b. Causing constipation.
2. Slow; sluggish.
[Middle English costif, from Old French costeve, past participle of costever, to constipate, from Latin cōnstīpāre; see constipate.]
1. (Pathology) having constipation; constipated
[C14: from Old French costivé, from Latin constipātus; see constipate]
cos•tive(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)]
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|Adj.||1.||costive - retarding evacuation of feces; binding; constipating|
laxative - stimulating evacuation of feces