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Synonyms for costive

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retarding evacuation of feces


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For millions, World War II crippled the great English breakfast: food and fuel rationing reduced it to costive sludge, insulation against damp rather than nutrition.
'In the other literary worlds I am familiar with--the USA and France--their novelists seem positively costive compared to ours--always excluding the prodigious John Updike, of course.
economic progress has steadily out-distanced that of the economically costive EU economy, particularly that part of it that Mr Donald Rumsfeld once referred to as "old Europe".
Two men from Queen Camel, the village a mile and a half north of Marston Magna, however, were less costive.
Consistent with Peng and Heath's (1996) argument the focus of this article is that a richer understanding of entrepreneurship in China is possible if the cultural, largely informal (normative and costive) institutions and the enabling role they can play in commercial activity are considered (Ahlstrom & Bruton, 2001; Garud & Jain, 1996), especially vis-a-vis private high-technology firms.
Though medical and cultural understanding of constipation has been overlooked by most historians of hygiene in the last decades of the twentieth century, Whorton shows that the subject was of considerable importance to medical practitioners, pharmaceutical manufacturers, health gurus, quacks and patients with costive bowels.
That Coleridge, with his chronic verbal dysentery, should often have become costive is an obvious but irresistible irony.
Here was a moment when the sixteen dreary, costive years of Deukmeijian and Wilson were being bid adieu, and the only rhetorical flourish Davis could muster was to compare Willie Brown to a shopping mall Nordstrom's.
let him rub all the soles of his feete, and the heeles, and his ancles, with a mouse skinne, or if none of your people can catch a mouse, when tree goes to bed, let him rowle his feete in the warme embers, and I warrant you tree shall be well and you may make him put his fingers betweene his toes and smell to them, it's very soveraigne for his head if he be costive. (3.189-95)
John Bowen's new book, an attempt "to elucidate the contribution of a poetic history to historical anthropology," is the first serious investigation of their ways since the great Dutch Islamicist Snouck Hurgronje's classic study of one hundred years ago, and, as an inquiry into the complex cultural experience of this remote and costive Southeast Asian people, is its honorable successor.