Adjective "consumptive" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Affected with a wasting disease, especially pulmonary tuberculosis.
  1. 'he travelled to Torquay for the health of his consumptive son'
  2. 'Woolsey, also consumptive, either miscarried or had to terminate each pregnancy for health reasons.'
  3. 'A dark gray complexion indicates prolonged stagnation of blood such as a consumptive disease with blood deficiency accompanied by menoplania or amenia.'
Relating to the using up of resources.
  1. 'And if climate scientists are right, the cause of our problems is manic, consumptive, fossil-fuel driven human activity.'
  2. 'Allowing the state to steal from the wealthy alters the full range of productive and consumptive activities - generally for the worse.'
  3. 'I’d like to try and make a connection between the consumptive, market-driven culture that we live in and the machine that has become the church.'


A person with a wasting disease, especially pulmonary tuberculosis.
  1. 'This image, in turn, stood in stark opposition to that of the deformed, graceless, debilitated scoliotic girl and to that of the languid, listless, and useless conspicuous consumptive.'
  2. 'He sat behind a walnut desk and could treat every sickness you could name and plenty you couldn't; more impressively, he kept his consumptives alive each year.'
  3. 'But happily that doesn't mean that it or the hotel is full of spluttering Keatsian consumptives nor that the spa is especially clinical in feel.'


1. tending to consume; destructive; wasteful.

2. pertaining to consumption by use.

3. Pathology. pertaining to or of the nature of consumption. disposed to or affected with consumption. noun

4. Older Use. a person who suffers from tuberculosis.

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be consumptive."

"demands can be consumptive."

"credits can be consumptive."

"wretcheses can be consumptive."

"tendencies can be consumptive."

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Mid 17th century: from medieval Latin consumptivus, from Latin consumpt- ‘consumed’, from the verb consumere (see consume).