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Definitions of purgative

  1. a purging medicine; stimulates evacuation of the bowels Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. Having the power or quality of purging; cathartic. Newage Dictionary DB
  3. A purging medicine; a cathartic. Newage Dictionary DB
  4. A medicine for the purpose of cleansing the system of waste and impurities; a cathartic. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  5. A medicine that evacuates. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  6. A remedy that purges. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  7. Cleansing; cathartic. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  8. A medicine that has this power. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  9. A medicine that causes the bowels to evacuate freely. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  10. Cleansing: having the power of evacuating the intestines. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  11. Efficacious in purging. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  12. Having the power of cleansing, usually of evaluating the intestines. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  13. Cleansing; having the power of evacuating the bowels. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Usage examples for purgative

  1. She would then declare them lies, and threaten her with a dose of the purgative physic- nut to expel their poisons. – Caribbee by Thomas Hoover
  2. He bridles his horses with opium, loads them down with purgative powders, and whips them through with castor oil, and for fear they will not travel fast enough he uses as a spur a delicately formed instrument known as the hypodermic syringe. – Philosophy of Osteopathy by Andrew T. Still
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