Definitions

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  • adj. Having the power of excreting, or promoting excretion.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having the power of excreting, or promoting excretion.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having the power to excrete.

Etymologies

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excrete +‎ -ive

Examples

  • She clearly, for the past sixteen years, has not had human reproductive or excretive systems.

    And speaking of vaginas. « Love | Peace | Ohana

  • The excessive exercise of the whole body is setting free from the tissues such an amount of excretive matter, and carbon more largely than all the others, that, without a relative action of the lungs to admit the air that oxygen may be absorbed, carbonic acid gas cannot be liberated through the lungs as fast as the waste carbon of the overworked tissues is being made by disassimilation from this excess of respiration.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 275, April 9, 1881

  • We have assumed that the preparation and serving of food and the removal of dirt, the nutritive and excretive processes of the family, are feminine functions; and we have also assumed that these processes must go on in what we call the home, which is the external expression of the family.

    Women and Economics: A Study of the Economic Relation Between Men and Women as a Factor in Social Evolution

  • The orphan, the bachelor, the childless widower, have as much need of these nutritive and excretive processes as any patriarchal parent.

    Women and Economics: A Study of the Economic Relation Between Men and Women as a Factor in Social Evolution

  • Of the faculty of nutrition, then, there are four forces: an attractive force which attracts nourishment: a retentive force by which nourishment is retained and not suffered to be immediately excreted: an alternative force by which the food is resolved into the humours: and an excretive force, by which the excess of food is excreted into the draught and cast forth.

    NPNF2-09. Hilary of Poitiers, John of Damascus

  • Whether, granting that the function of the skin is purely protective, absorbent, excretive, and tactile, the circulation of the blood and all its mechanism would not correspond with the transsubstantiation of our Will, as the circulation of the nerve fluid corresponds to that of the Mind?

    Louis Lambert

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