consumptive

1 of 2

adjective

con·​sump·​tive kən-ˈsəm(p)-tiv How to pronounce consumptive (audio)
1
: tending to consume
2
: of, relating to, or affected with consumption
consumptively adverb

consumptive

2 of 2

noun

: a person affected with consumption

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
Non-consumptive uses that return water back to the system, like hydropower generation, can move forward. Leia Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 3 Nov. 2022 But trash is a persistent, consumptive force that’ll set up shop in any eager host. Wesley Morris, New York Times, 12 Oct. 2022 Similarly, if someone buys a digital asset seeking access to a particular blockchain, then that can be thought of as a kind of arcade token with a consumptive use, rather than as an investment tool. Leo Schwartz, Fortune, 19 Sep. 2022 Existing programs tend to focus on consumptive users, or hunters and anglers, given the revenue source of most state agencies. Lindsey Botts, The Arizona Republic, 1 July 2022 This isn’t an act of kindness; Ratso desperately needs someone to look after him as winter closes in and his consumptive lung disease worsens. Glenn Frankel, Washington Post, 16 June 2022 But a coterie of groups are hoping their concerns about the way native carnivores are managed will also be considered and given equal weight alongside consumptive users. Lindsey Botts, The Arizona Republic, 29 Jan. 2022 With just months left to live, a consumptive Antoine Watteau (1684-1721), the celebrated Rococo master, made his final painting in a curiously prosaic format: a sign to hang outside a Parisian art gallery. Xico Greenwald, WSJ, 7 Jan. 2022 The takeaway is clear now: Behind all their musings about faith and destiny and self-actualization, the Matrix is as much about the bone-shaking, consumptive carnality of life. Roxana Hadadi, Vulture, 23 Dec. 2021
Noun
The paper in Science noted that any additional consumptive uses in the Upper Basin will decrease inflows into Lake Powell and Lake Mead. Zak Podmore, The Salt Lake Tribune, 21 July 2022 Drawing on these earlier traditions, today’s solidarity tourism groups push back against travel as a consumptive industry that can be environmentally and socially destructive. Zeb Larson, Smithsonian Magazine, 17 Mar. 2022 Our consumptive lifestyles are tied to people dying. Maia Wikler, Vogue, 11 Nov. 2021 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 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Adjective

1588, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Noun

1666, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of consumptive was in 1588

Dictionary Entries Near consumptive

Cite this Entry

“Consumptive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/consumptive. Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

consumptive 1 of 2

adjective

con·​sump·​tive kən-ˈsəm(p)-tiv How to pronounce consumptive (audio)
: of, relating to, or affected with consumption

consumptive

2 of 2

noun

: a person who has consumption

Medical Definition

consumptive 1 of 2

adjective

con·​sump·​tive -ˈsəm(p)-tiv How to pronounce consumptive (audio)
: of, relating to, or affected with consumption
a consumptive cough
a consumptive child
consumptively adverb

consumptive

2 of 2

noun

: an individual affected with consumption
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