Consumptive Con*sump"tive, a. [Cf. F. consomptif.] 1. Of or pertaining to consumption; having the quality of consuming, or dissipating; destructive; wasting. [1913 Webster]

It [prayer] is not consumptive or our time. --Sharp. [1913 Webster]

A long consumptive war. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

2. (Med.) Affected with, or inclined to, consumption. [1913 Webster]

The lean, consumptive wench, with coughs decayed. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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