Definition of consumptive adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//kənˈsʌmptɪv//
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈsʌmptɪv//
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  1. 1(old-fashioned) connected with a person who suffers from consumption (3) (= a disease of the lungs)
  2. 2(usually disapproving) relating to the using up of resources Burning forests and collapsed ecosystems are among the effects of our consumptive lifestyle.

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