consumptive

adjective
con·​sump·​tive | \kən-ˈsəm(p)-tiv \

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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Adjective

consumptively adverb

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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 The majority of non-consumptive coastal trips in the region occurred in Los Angeles County and the fewest occurred in Ventura County, with beach going, scenic enjoyment and biking or hiking the most popular activities. Laylan Connelly, Orange County Register, "Fishing vs. environment: Have 5 years of restrictions off the coast helped sea creatures?," 28 Mar. 2017 The language legitimizes the use of wildlife for commercial purposes and encourages a consumptive attitude that stimulates demand for wildlife products, wrote Xie Yan, a researcher at the China Central Academy of Zoology. National Geographic, "Five Ways China’s Wildlife Protection Law Will Harm Wildlife," 1 Feb. 2016

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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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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 \

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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