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  2  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Laxative  \Lax"a*tive\,  a.  [L.  laxativus  mitigating,  assuaging: 
  cf  F.  laxatif  See  {Lax},  a.] 
  1.  Having  a  tendency  to  loosen  or  relax.  --Milton. 
  2.  (Med.)  Having  the  effect  of  loosening  or  opening  the 
  intestines,  and  relieving  from  constipation;  --  opposed  to 
  {astringent}.  --  n.  (Med.)  A  laxative  medicine.  See  the 
  Note  under  {Cathartic}. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  adj  :  stimulating  evacuation  of  feces  [ant:  {costive}] 
  n  :  a  purging  medicine;  stimulates  evacuation  of  the  bowels 
  [syn:  {purgative},  {cathartic},  {physic},  {aperient}] 

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