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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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. 
 
  2.  Reserved;  formal;  close  cold.  [Obs.]  ``A  costive  brain.'' 
  --Prior.  ``Costive  of  laughter.''  --B.  Jonson 
 
  You  must  be  frank,  but  without  indiscretion;  and 
  close  but  without  being  costive.  --Lord 
  Chesterfield. 
 
  3.  Dry  and  hard;  impermeable;  unyielding.  [Obs.] 
 
  Clay  in  dry  seasons  is  costive,  hardening  with  the 
  sun  and  wind.  --Mortimer. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  costive 
  adj  :  retarding  evacuation  of  feces  [ant:  {laxative}] 




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