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. [1913 Webster]

2. Reserved; formal; close; cold. [Obs.] ``A costive brain.'' --Prior. ``Costive of laughter.'' --B. Jonson. [1913 Webster]

You must be frank, but without indiscretion; and close, but without being costive. --Lord Chesterfield. [1913 Webster]

3. Dry and hard; impermeable; unyielding. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Clay in dry seasons is costive, hardening with the sun and wind. --Mortimer. [1913 Webster]

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