consumptive

adjective
con·​sump·​tive | \ kən-ˈsəm(p)-tiv How to pronounce consumptive (audio) \

Definition of consumptive

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : tending to consume
2 : of, relating to, or affected with consumption

consumptive

noun

Definition of consumptive (Entry 2 of 2)

: a person affected with consumption

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Other Words from consumptive

Adjective

consumptively adverb

Examples of consumptive in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The non-consumptive nature of birding allows a virtually unlimited number of people to share in the enjoyment of a sighting. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 3 Aug. 2021 The bill would remove Cabinet oversight of many issues connected to Fried’s office, such as its ability to review water management district rules and consumptive use permits issued by the Department of Environmental Protection. Gray Rohrer, orlandosentinel.com, 10 Mar. 2021 At the turn of the 20th century, Tucson only had one public facility for consumptive patients, St. Mary’s Hospital and Sanatorium, along with a sprawling squatter’s camp known as Tentville. Roger Naylor, azcentral, 11 May 2020 Yet Front Range communities continue to water needlessly consumptive lawns and gardens to keep the place looking like a community in the Midwest. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, 22 Sep. 2019 But the opera really hinges on the role of the consumptive seamstress Mimi. cleveland.com, 16 Sep. 2019 And all this is happening as our consumptive habits require more goods, more packaging, more waste. Steve Lopezcolumnist, Los Angeles Times, 17 Aug. 2019 There is also a growing movement for less-consumptive lifestyles that favors zero-waste goals. Ana Baptista, The Conversation, 20 June 2019 In 2018, Wisconsin is scheduled to receive $35 million from P-R and D-J. Efforts have failed to establish similar excise tax programs from non-consumptive industries such as bird watching, hiking, camping and mountain biking. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 18 Apr. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Shivering is a normal reaction by which the body warms itself, but the act is energy consumptive. Ned Rozell, Anchorage Daily News, 11 Oct. 2020 The new study alone can’t nail the consumptive connection, said Rika Anderson, a microbial ecologist at Carleton College in Minnesota who was not involved in the study. Katherine J. Wu New York Times, Star Tribune, 24 Sep. 2020 He was annoyed by a woman passenger, a fellow consumptive. Frances Mayes, New York Times, 26 Mar. 2020 Sixty-four sopranos have taken turns as Mimì, a select club of heartbreaking consumptives that has included Teresa Stratas, Renata Tebaldi, Mirella Freni, Renata Scotto, Anna Netrebko and Sonya Yoncheva. Michael Cooper, New York Times, 5 May 2017 Hedge funders are supposed to be yodeling Tarzans, not fragile consumptives in a Verdi opera. Jennifer Senior, New York Times, 1 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of consumptive

Adjective

1588, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Noun

1666, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of consumptive was in 1588

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“Consumptive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/consumptive. Accessed 23 Sep. 2021.

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More Definitions for consumptive

consumptive

noun

English Language Learners Definition of consumptive

: a person who has tuberculosis

consumptive

adjective
con·​sump·​tive | \ -ˈsəm(p)-tiv How to pronounce consumptive (audio) \

Medical Definition of consumptive

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of, relating to, or affected with consumption a consumptive cough a consumptive child

Other Words from consumptive

consumptively adverb

consumptive

noun

Medical Definition of consumptive (Entry 2 of 2)

: an individual affected with consumption

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