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[kuh n-suhmp-tiv] /kənˈsʌmp tɪv/
tending to consume; destructive; wasteful.
pertaining to consumption by use.
  1. pertaining to or of the nature of consumption.
  2. disposed to or affected with consumption.
Older Use. a person who suffers from tuberculosis.
Origin of consumptive
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 Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for consumptive
Contemporary Examples
  • Watching it in public, on the other hand, exposes these films as just another method of molding of our consumptive urges.

Historical Examples
  • A lady came to the consumptive's Home with a cancer in the cheek, which had attained the size of a filbert.

  • You assure me at all events that this young person is not consumptive?

  • The bed of a consumptive, it is well known, is a powerful source of contagion.

    The Physical Life of Woman: Dr. George H Napheys
  • His mother was consumptive, and they're afraid he takes after her.

  • A square-cut corsage is most becoming to the woman whose narrow shoulders have a consumptive droop.

    What Dress Makes of Us Dorothy Quigley
  • That beautiful young man looks like a consumptive in his last stage.

    The Buddha Paul Carus
  • Thus the children of consumptive parents are apt to be consumptive.

    A Practical Physiology Albert F. Blaisdell
  • But the Tom Jones is there in all of us who are not anæmic or consumptive.

    They and I Jerome K. Jerome
  • Doctors assure us that a consumptive clings to life even when he is about to die.

    Indian Home Rule M. K. Gandhi
British Dictionary definitions for consumptive


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

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)
Of, relating to, or afflicted with consumption.

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