extinctive

adjective
ex·​tinc·​tive | \ ik-ˈstiŋ(k)-tiv How to pronounce extinctive (audio) \

Definition of extinctive

: tending or serving to extinguish or make extinct

First Known Use of extinctive

1600, in the meaning defined above

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“Extinctive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/extinctive. Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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