cos·​tive | \ ˈkä-stiv How to pronounce costive (audio) , ˈkȯ- \

Definition of costive

1a : affected with constipation
b : causing constipation
2 : slow in action or expression
3 : not generous : stingy

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Other Words from costive

costively adverb
costiveness noun

Examples of costive in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Movies coiled up in other movies have a habit of becoming either costive or cute, but somehow Falardeau avoids the traps. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” and “Chuck”," 15 May 2017

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First Known Use of costive

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for costive

Middle English, from Anglo-French costivé, past participle of costiver to constipate, from Latin constipare

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“Costive.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 January 2020.

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cos·​tive | \ ˈkäs-tiv, ˈkȯs- How to pronounce costive (audio) \

Medical Definition of costive

1 : affected with constipation
2 : causing constipation

Other Words from costive

costiveness noun

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