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tr.v. con·sum·mat·ed, con·sum·mat·ing, con·sum·mates
a. To bring to completion or fruition; conclude: consummate a business transaction.
b. To realize or achieve; fulfill: a dream that was finally consummated with the publication of her first book.
a. To complete (a marriage) with the first act of sexual intercourse after the ceremony.
b. To fulfill (a sexual desire or attraction) especially by intercourse.
adj. (kən-sŭm′ĭt, kŏn′sə-mət)
1. Complete or perfect in every respect: consummate happiness. See Synonyms at perfect.
2. Supremely accomplished or skilled: "Sargent was now a consummate master of brushwork" (Roberta Smith).
3. Complete; utter: a consummate bore.

[Middle English consummaten, from Latin cōnsummāre, cōnsummāt- : com-, com- + summa, sum; see sum.]

con·sum′mate·ly (kən-sŭm′ĭt-lē) adv.
con′sum·ma′tive, con·sum′ma·to′ry (-sŭm′ə-tôr′ē) adj.
con′sum·ma′tor n.
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Overall, any comprehension in the use of a term like "African American" encompasses a consummative identity of Africa and America and it construes an unequivocal sense of extension and the necessity of unity that unavoidably must acknowledge as primary an extant African heritage.
(10) The traditional eschatological concept that the Church is God's reign and closely identifiable with God's consummative act regarding the reign is reiterated in DI, but it is rooted in the new Catholic Catechism that was promulgated in Latin in 1997--originally drafted in 1994 and influenced primarily by Ratzinger.
Our glorious past is very much replete in this respect and the stories related to the rights of minorities during the righteous Caliphate are consummative in the annals of history.