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consumptive

[kuh n-suhmp-tiv]
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adjective
  1. tending to consume; destructive; wasteful.
  2. pertaining to consumption by use.
  3. Pathology.
    1. pertaining to or of the nature of consumption.
    2. disposed to or affected with consumption.
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noun
  1. Older Use. a person who suffers from tuberculosis.
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Origin of consumptive

1375–1425; Middle English: eliminating morbid humors < Medieval Latin consūmptīvus wasteful, destructive; see consumption, -ive
Related formscon·sump·tive·ly, adverbcon·sump·tive·ness, nounnon·con·sump·tive, adjectivenon·con·sump·tive·ly, adverbnon·con·sump·tive·ness, nounun·con·sump·tive, adjectiveun·con·sump·tive·ly, adverb
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devastating, harmful, immoderate, wasteful

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British Dictionary definitions for consumptive

consumptive

adjective
  1. causing consumption; wasteful; destructive
  2. pathol relating to or affected with consumption, esp tuberculosis of the lungs
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noun
  1. pathol a person who suffers from consumption
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Derived Formsconsumptively, adverbconsumptiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for consumptive

adj.

early 15c., "wasteful," also with reference to pulmonary consumption, from Latin consumpt-, stem of consumere (see consume) + -ive. As a noun, attested from late 14c.

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consumptive in Medicine

consumptive

(kən-sŭmptĭv)
adj.
  1. Of, relating to, or afflicted with consumption.
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