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 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, "A century before coronavirus, Arizona was a haven for people fleeing another fearsome disease," 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, "Letters: Don’t dry up the San Luis Valley (9/22/19)," 22 Sep. 2019 But the opera really hinges on the role of the consumptive seamstress Mimi. cleveland.com, "Cleveland Opera Theater kicks off season with ingenious, talent-rich ‘La Boheme’," 16 Sep. 2019 And all this is happening as our consumptive habits require more goods, more packaging, more waste. Steve Lopezcolumnist, Los Angeles Times, "Column: I took the contents of my blue bin to the recycling center. Here’s what I learned," 17 Aug. 2019 There is also a growing movement for less-consumptive lifestyles that favors zero-waste goals. Ana Baptista, The Conversation, "Is burning trash a good way to handle it? Waste incineration in 5 charts," 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, "Smith: Wildlife groups push bill to restore non-game species," 18 Apr. 2018 Agricultural irrigation is considered one of the biggest consumptive uses of large-scale water withdrawals, meaning the water does not return to the basin after it's used. Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press, "Nestlé-style water withdrawals would be easier in Michigan under new bill, critics say," 27 Feb. 2018 Amazon is the large intestine of the consumptive self. Scott Galloway, Esquire, "Silicon Valley’s Tax-Avoiding, Job-Killing, Soul-Sucking Machine," 8 Feb. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun He was annoyed by a woman passenger, a fellow consumptive. Frances Mayes, New York Times, "When the World Stops, Traveling in John Keats’s ‘Realms of Gold’," 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, "Triumph, Tragedy and 50,000 Hats: The Met Opera by the Numbers," 5 May 2017 Hedge funders are supposed to be yodeling Tarzans, not fragile consumptives in a Verdi opera. Jennifer Senior, New York Times, "Review: ‘Black Edge,’ an Account of a Hedge Fund Magnate and Insider Trading," 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 21 Sep. 2020.

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More Definitions for consumptive

consumptive

noun

English Language Learners Definition of consumptive

old-fashioned : 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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