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consumptive

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

Definition of consumptive

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

consumptively

adverb

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First Known Use of consumptive

1588

in the meaning defined at sense 2

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consumptive

noun

Definition of consumptive

: a person affected with consumption

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1666

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CONSUMPTIVE Defined for English Language Learners

consumptive

Definition of consumptive for English Language Learners

  • : a person who has tuberculosis


Medical Dictionary

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consumptive

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

medical Definition of consumptive

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

consumptively

adverb

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consumptive

noun

medical Definition of consumptive

: an individual affected with consumption

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