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  • n  a person with pulmonary tuberculosis
  • a  tending to consume or use often wastefully
    water suitable for beneficial consumptive uses
    duties consumptive of time and energy
    consumptive fires
  • s  afflicted with or associated with pulmonary tuberculosis
    a consumptive patient
    a consumptive cough
News & Articles

  • Study Up For 'Think': The World Until Yesterday
    Our established ways of living as consumptive, independent residents of cities and towns is very new in the big picture of world history. Just 100 years ago, millions of people lived off the grid in tiny tribes. And some of them remain today in New Guinea and the Amazon. Pulitzer Prize-winning scientist Jared Diamond explained the values of traditional societies to Think host Krys Boyd in January.
    July 8, 2013 - KERA North Texas

  • Earl Pomeroy in USA Today
    My response is to vote the interests of North Dakota,Pomeroy told Congressional Quarterly. "We're about the fourth most energy-consumptive state in the country."
  • David Suzuki in Inside Toronto
    We are the most numerous mammal on the planet,Suzuki said in a webcast, "with a consumptive appetite."
  • Terri Irwin in
    Our main goal is to stop consumptive use of wildlife,said Terri. "We can learn to exploit, benefit and enjoy wildlife without being consumptive."

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