tending to make lax; specif., making the bowels loose, as in relieving constipation
Origin of laxativeMiddle English laxatif ; from Old French ; from Medieval Latin laxativus ; from LL, mitigating ; from past participle of Classical Latin laxare, to relax, slacken ; from laxus: see lax
any laxative medicine or substance; mild cathartic
A food or drug that stimulates evacuation of the bowels.
- Stimulating evacuation of the bowels.
- Causing looseness or relaxation, especially of the bowels.
Origin of laxativeMiddle English, from Old French laxatif, from Medieval Latin laxat&imacron;vus, preventing constipation, from Late Latin, assuaging, from Latin laxatus, past participle of laxare, to relax, from laxus, loose; see lax.
(comparative more laxative, superlative most laxative)
- Any substance, such as a food or in the form of a medicine which has a laxative effect.