Definition of purgative in English:


Syllabification: pur·ga·tive
Pronunciation: /ˈpərgətiv


  • 1Strongly laxative in effect.
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    • The laxative and purgative properties of Senna were discovered in the 9th century by the Arabs, who spread its use to Europe.
    • A paste of the roots mixed with milk works as a laxative but with violent cathartic effect compared to the purgative jalap Ipomoea purga from which the true and milder jalap is extracted.
    • If the fortunes made from purgative pills had been devoted to the hospitals which treat the victims of their abuse, the financial problems of the voluntary hospitals would have been solved.
  • 1.1Having the effect of ridding someone of unwanted feelings or memories: the purgative action of language
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    • The traditional vocabulary calls this the purgative path: We cleanse ourselves in order to keep God in our life.
    • It was, therefore, to take a leading trait of character, in this instance the uncompromising, unbending business ethic of a London merchant, and to trace its damaging development and its ultimate, purgative downfall.
    • The savage stomping dance; the primitive, purgative rite; a music of cosmic rigour - you don't have to go far from the Cité de la Musique to find glaring precedents.


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  • 1A laxative.
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    • Still, many people, obsessed with their bowels, continue to swell the profits of pharmacists and pharmaceutical companies by consuming purgatives regularly.
    • Castor Oil Plant, while the plant is poisonous, the expressed thick, viscid oil is used as a powerful laxative and purgative.
    • Triphala is widely regarded as a purgative and laxative but in fact it is considered a rasayana and rejuvenator.
    laxative, evacuant; Medicine aperient
    dated purge
  • 1.1A thing that rids someone of unwanted feelings or memories: confrontation would be a purgative


late Middle English: from Old French purgatif, -ive, from late Latin purgativus, from purgat- 'purified', from the verb purgare (see purge).

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