Adjective "laxative" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


(chiefly of a drug or medicine) tending to stimulate or facilitate evacuation of the bowels.
  1. 'the laxative properties of sodium sulphate'
  2. 'By stimulating both kidneys and bowels, burdock has diuretic and laxative actions, and hastens the elimination of toxins from the body.'
  3. 'Western herbology recognizes Rhubarb's astringent laxative properties, making it useful for both constipation and diarrhea.'
  4. 'If your baby is bottlefed and constipated, your doctor may suggest mixing a small amount of laxative medicine into the formula.'
  5. 'There is strong evidence that psyllium has laxative properties and promotes colonic function.'
  6. 'It is an important demulcent laxative, especially when combined with other laxative herbs.'
  7. 'Not only does she use an enema a couple of times a week, but she also drinks laxative tea containing senna all the time.'
  8. 'That resulted in two stomach pumpings in the same week, and a more unfortunate and embarrassing incident of severe diarrhoea after swallowing 16 laxative pills.'
  9. 'When I say hot chocolate, I mean used coffee grounds laced with crushed chocolate laxative tablets and cocoa powder.'
  10. 'Our research goal is to determine if developed beverages fortified with inulin will result in improved bowel function, decreased laxative use and improved bone health.'


A medicine which has a laxative effect.
  1. 'You must take bulk-forming laxatives daily for the best effect.'
  2. 'If you're pregnant, seek your doctor's advice before using laxatives.'
  3. 'In the United States, more than $800 million is spent on laxatives each year.'
  4. 'If the diet cannot be modified in this way, adding bulk laxatives may be necessary; they can prevent worsening of the condition.'
  5. 'Haemorrhoids should be managed conservatively, using laxatives and dietary fibre.'
  6. 'Make sure the patient receives adequate fiber in their diet, but avoid laxatives and enemas.'
  7. 'When taking a medical history, it is also important to take a dietary history to ask about the use of laxatives or diuretics.'
  8. 'People who rely on harsh laxatives may find that they too get caught up in a vicious cycle.'
  9. 'Osmotic laxatives such as lactulose are effective alternatives to soften hard stools.'
  10. 'Herbal laxatives and diuretics may result in temporary weight loss.'


1. a medicine or agent for relieving constipation. adjective

2. of, relating to, or constituting a laxative; purgative.

3. Archaic. (of the bowels) subject to looseness. (of a disease) characterized by looseness of the bowels.

More examples(as adjective)

"abuses can be laxative."

"uses can be laxative."

"misuses can be laxative."

"ingredients can be laxative."

"doses can be laxative."

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Late Middle English: via Old French laxatif, -ive or late Latin laxativus, from Latin laxare ‘loosen’ (from laxus ‘loose’).