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LAXATIVE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does laxative mean? 

LAXATIVE (noun)
  The noun LAXATIVE has 1 sense:

1. a mild cathartic

  Familiarity information: LAXATIVE used as a noun is very rare.


LAXATIVE (adjective)
  The adjective LAXATIVE has 1 sense:

1. stimulating evacuation of feces

  Familiarity information: LAXATIVE used as an adjective is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


LAXATIVE (noun)


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Meaning:

A mild cathartic

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("laxative" is a kind of...):

aperient; cathartic; physic; purgative (a purging medicine; stimulates evacuation of the bowels)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "laxative"):

phenolphthalein (a laxative used in many preparations under various trade names; also used as an acid-base indicator in titrations involving weak acids and strong bases because it is brilliant red at high alkalinity and colorless below pH 8)


LAXATIVE (adjective)


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Meaning:

Stimulating evacuation of feces

Similar:

aperient (mildly laxative)

cathartic; evacuant; purgative (strongly laxative)

Antonym:

costive (retarding evacuation of feces)


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