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  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.
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  1. something extracted.
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Origin of extractive

First recorded in 1590–1600; extract + -ive
Related formsnon·ex·trac·tive, adjective
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Examples from the Web for extractive

Historical Examples of extractive

  • The coloring matter and extractive principle remain, but change somewhat by fermentation.

    The Cultivation of The Native Grape, and Manufacture of American Wines

    George Husmann

  • When freshly expressed, it is turbid, owing to the presence of mucilage and extractive matter.

  • Every wine contains likewise a portion of super-tartrate of potash, and extractive matter, derived from the juice of the grape.

  • Laudanum is an alcoholic tincture, and morphine an extractive of opium; both are used as medicine.

    Commercial Geography

    Jacques W. Redway

  • This coating prevents the evaporation of the juices, which with the extractive materials are retained and improve the flavor.

British Dictionary definitions for extractive


  1. tending or serving to extract
  2. of, involving, or capable of extraction
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  1. something extracted or capable of being extracted
  2. the part of an extract that is insoluble
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extractive in Medicine


  1. Used in or obtained by extraction.
  2. Possible to extract.
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  1. Something that may be extracted.
  2. A substance present in tissue that can be separated by successive treatment with solvents and recovered by evaporation of the solution; the insoluble portion of an extract.
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