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Wordnet 3.0


1. retarding evacuation of feces; binding; constipating;

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Costive \Cos"tive\ (k?s"t?v), a. [OF. costev['e], p. p. of costever, F. constiper, L. constipare to press closely together, to cram; con- + stipare to press together, cram. See Stipulate, Stiff, and cf. Constipate.] 1. Retaining fecal matter in the bowels; having too slow a motion of the bowels; constipated. [1913 Webster] 2. Reserved; formal; close; cold. [Obs.] "A costive brain." --Prior. "Costive of laughter." --B. Jonson. [1913 Webster] You must be frank, but without indiscretion; and close, but without being costive. --Lord Chesterfield. [1913 Webster] 3. Dry and hard; impermeable; unyielding. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Clay in dry seasons is costive, hardening with the sun and wind. --Mortimer. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

costive adj 1: retarding evacuation of feces; binding; constipating [ant: laxative]