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laxative

lax·a·tive

laxative

pronunciation:
laek s tihv
parts of speech:
noun, adjective
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part of speech: noun
definition: a substance used medicinally to relieve constipation.
similar words:
purge
 
part of speech: adjective
definition: stimulative of bowel movement.
Prunes are recommended for their laxative effect.
derivations: laxatively (adv.), laxativeness (n.)
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The word laxative contains the following part:
-ive, -ative Latin adjective-forming suffix that means tending to, connected with, or performing
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The suffix -ive , -ative turns Latinate verb bases into adjectives. Many adjectives ending in -ive , -ative have corresponding noun forms ending in -ity (objective , objectivity) or -ion (effusive , effusion).