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Definition of laxative noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

laxative

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BrE BrE//ˈlæksətɪv//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈlæksətɪv//
 
 
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a medicine, food or drink that makes somebody empty their bowels easily Word Origin late Middle English: via Old French laxatif, -ive or late Latin laxativus, from Latin laxare ‘loosen’ (from laxus ‘loose’).

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