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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
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) 3.0 (2006) :
adj 1: stimulating evacuation of feces [ant: costive]
n 1: a mild cathartic
From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :
19 Moby Thesaurus words for "laxative":
agar, aloes, aperient, bran, calomel, carminative, cascara,
castor oil, cathartic, colocynth, diuretic, magnesia,
mercurous chloride, mineral oil, mineral water, physic, purgative,
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