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



BrE BrE//kənˈsʌmptɪv//
; NAmE NAmE//kənˈsʌmptɪv//
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a person who suffers from consumption (= a disease of the lungs) Word Origin mid 17th cent.: from medieval Latin consumptivus, from Latin consumpt- ‘consumed’, from the verb consumere, from con- ‘altogether’ + sumere ‘take up’.

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