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 laxātīvus preventing constipation from Late Latin assuaging from Latin laxātus past participle of laxāre 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.