Definition of laxative in English:


Line breaks: laxa|tive
Pronunciation: /ˈlaksətɪv


  • (Chiefly of a drug or medicine) tending to stimulate or facilitate evacuation of the bowels: laxative drugs the laxative properties of sodium sulphate
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    • If your baby is bottlefed and constipated, your doctor may suggest mixing a small amount of laxative medicine into the formula.
    • That resulted in two stomach pumpings in the same week, and a more unfortunate and embarrassing incident of severe diarrhoea after swallowing 16 laxative pills.
    • When I say hot chocolate, I mean used coffee grounds laced with crushed chocolate laxative tablets and cocoa powder.


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late Middle English: via Old French laxatif, -ive or late Latin laxativus, from Latin laxare 'loosen' (from laxus 'loose').

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