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consumptive

[kuh n-suhmp-tiv] /kənˈsʌmp tɪv/
adjective
1.
tending to consume; destructive; wasteful.
2.
pertaining to consumption by use.
3.
Pathology.
  1. pertaining to or of the nature of consumption.
  2. disposed to or affected with consumption.
noun
4.
Older Use. a person who suffers from tuberculosis.
Origin
1375-1425
1375-1425; Middle English: eliminating morbid humors < Medieval Latin consūmptīvus wasteful, destructive; see consumption, -ive
Related forms
consumptively, adverb
consumptiveness, noun
nonconsumptive, adjective
nonconsumptively, adverb
nonconsumptiveness, noun
unconsumptive, adjective
unconsumptively, adverb
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Examples from the web for consumptive
  • The lungs of a consumptive patient are not in the same condition as yours and mine, though they are made on the same plan.
  • Among its many attractions, shed hunting is non-consumptive, natural and renewable.
  • Water uses comprise two categories: consumptive uses and removals.
  • It usually is difficult to obtain reliable estimates for consumptive use and for conveyance loss.
  • consumptive use is estimated for the total of self-supplied and publicly supplied domestic water uses.
  • consumptive use is generally estimated using empirical formulae.
  • consumptive use will vary with the process used for cooling circulation water.
  • Domestic consumptive use is typically estimated by a percentage of water that is withdrawn and delivered for domestic purposes.
  • She has the laughs the way a consumptive has the coughs.
British Dictionary definitions for consumptive

consumptive

/kənˈsʌmptɪv/
adjective
1.
causing consumption; wasteful; destructive
2.
(pathol) relating to or affected with consumption, esp tuberculosis of the lungs
noun
3.
(pathol) a person who suffers from consumption
Derived Forms
consumptively, adverb
consumptiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for consumptive
adj.

early 15c., "wasteful," also with reference to pulmonary consumption, from Latin consumpt-, stem of consumere (see consume) + -ive. As a noun, attested from late 14c.

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consumptive in Medicine

consumptive con·sump·tive (kən-sŭmp'tĭv)
adj.
Of, relating to, or afflicted with consumption.

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