What does the word purgative mean?

Usage examples for purgative

  1. Beetroot has a refreshing, composing, and slightly purgative quality. – The Book of Household Management by Mrs. Isabella Beeton
  2. Nurses, however, distrusting Nature, often hasten to administer some active purgative; and the consequence often is, irritation in the stomach and bowels, not easily subdued. – The American Woman's Home by Catherine E. Beecher and Harriet Beecher Stowe
  3. 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