[ ik-strak-tiv ]


  1. tending or serving to extract, or based upon extraction:

    coal, oil, copper, and other extractive industries.

  2. capable of being extracted, as from the earth:

    extractive fuels.

  3. of, relating to, or involving extraction:

    extractive surgery.

  4. of or of the nature of an extract.


  1. something extracted.

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Other Words From

  • nonex·tractive adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of extractive1

First recorded in 1590–1600; extract + -ive

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Example Sentences

Then surveillance capitalism was invented and the whole project turned extractive and adversarial.

From Time

If you wish to lose yourself in a story about the natural world set in the long-term consequences of unchecked extractive industries, this is your novel.

If Huxley had taken Darwinian humbling further, perhaps he might have wondered whether humanity was entitled to its sweeping extractive project.

Participation, too, is often based on the same extractive logic, especially when it comes to machine learning.

In some countries, it disrupted “the existing economic” and “political balance in society” and as he puts it, it broke “the cycle of extractive institutions” while enabling “more inclusive ones to emerge,” at least in some places.

These results in reference to extractive, etc., reveal nothing that has not been known before.

Extractive matter and tannin are particularly liable to a change of this kind, by the prolonged action of heat in the bath.

When lime water is added, an extractive matter is thrown down, which amounts to from 20 to 47 parts in 1000 of the liquor.

The outer surface or epidermis seldom furnishes either tannin or extractive matter.

Consequently, it contains a certain quantity of mineral salts, coloring substances, and other unknown extractive matters.





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