costiveness

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From costive +‎ -ness.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

costiveness (uncountable)

  1. The state or quality of being costive; constipation.
  2. (obsolete) Inability to express oneself; stiffness.
    A reverend disputant of the same costiveness in public elocution with myself. — Wakefield.