from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Consuming or tending to consume.
  • adj. Of, relating to, or afflicted with consumption.
  • n. A person afflicted with consumption.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having a tendency to consume.
  • adj. Of, or relating to consumption.
  • adj. Relating to pulmonary tuberculosis.
  • n. A person suffering of pulmonary tuberculosis.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to consumption; having the quality of consuming, or dissipating; destructive; wasting.
  • adj. Affected with, or inclined to, consumption.
  • n. One affected with consumption.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Destructive; wasting; exhausting; having the quality of consuming or dissipating.
  • In medicine, pertaining to or of the nature of consumption, or phthisis pulmonaris.
  • Affected with a consuming disease; specifically, having or predisposed to consumption: as, a consumptive person; a consumptive constitution.
  • Relating to or designed for consumption or destruction; specifically, in recent use, pertaining to or designed for consumption by use: as, a consumptive demand for hops.
  • n. One who suffers from consumption, or phthisis.
  • Indicating the presence of consumption: as, a consumptive cough.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. afflicted with or associated with pulmonary tuberculosis
  • n. a person with pulmonary tuberculosis
  • adj. tending to consume or use often wastefully


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