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Definition of "consumptive" [con•sump•tive]

  • Consuming or tending to consume. (adjective)
  • Of, relating to, or afflicted with consumption. (adjective)
  • A person afflicted with consumption. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "consumptive" in a sentence
  • "One of the finest weblogs has been morphing into a new shape: "consumptive is back. a lot simpler, a lot more blank.""
  • "It seems ironic that while America's founding fathers considered the following truth to be self-evident -- that all men are created equal -- American consumers are engaging in consumptive behaviour that suggests their abnormally high incomes are some kind of permanent right of citizenship."
  • ""IFAW is sceptical in general about the amount of benefits that every actually reach communities from so-called consumptive use of wild life, but in this instance a zero quota would mean zero sales and zero benefits," said Dr Maas."