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Meaning of COSTIVENESS

 
Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Cos"tive*ness\, n.
1. An unnatural retention of the fecal matter of the bowels;
   constipation.

2. Inability to express one's self; stiffness. [Obs.]

         A reverend disputant of the same costiveness in
         public elocution with myself.         --Wakefield.

 

 

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