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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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To quote from Helen Lipski's discovery, Opera Tablets cured: "General Debility, Obesity, Bladder Trouble, Blood Poisoning, Yellow Skin, Yellow Blotches, Liver Spots, Pains in the Side, Blood Rushing, Rings around the Eyes, Heavy Tired Feeling, Watery Blood, Wind on the Stomach, Gasses, Swollen Sides and many other diseases caused by the Liver and Kidneys; Headaches, Fits, Fainting Spells, Dyspepsia, Catarrh of the Stomach, Dropsy, Gall Stones, Sore Joints, Anemia, Jaundice, Biliousness, Costiveness, Heart Flush Spells, Loss of Appetite, Pimples, Sleeplessness, Worry, Rheumatism, Swollen Joints," and with all of those capital letters.
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