Definition of consumptively in English:

consumptively

adverb

  • See consumptive

    • ‘A dairy cow can drink 20 gallons of water in a day, but only half is used consumptively in milk production.’
    • ‘And more people and businesses are drawing that water out consumptively, especially during the hot months.’
    • ‘This water is not consumptively used because it simply passes through on its journey to the Gulf of California.’
    • ‘Every gallon of water consumptively used is not available somewhere else in the system where it would otherwise have existed.’
    • ‘It is the amount of water that is permanently extracted from the aquifer and consumptively used that is of significance.’

Pronunciation

consumptively

/kənˈsʌmptɪvli/