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 for Costive
From 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.
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     2. Reserved; formal; close; cold. [Obs.] "A costive brain."
        --Prior. "Costive of laughter." --B. Jonson.
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              You must be frank, but without indiscretion; and
              close, but without being costive.     --Lord
                                                    Chesterfield.
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     3. Dry and hard; impermeable; unyielding. [Obs.]
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              Clay in dry seasons is costive, hardening with the
              sun and wind.                         --Mortimer.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

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

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