ex·​trac·​tive | \ ik-ˈstrak-tiv How to pronounce extractive (audio) , ˈek-ˌstrak- \

Definition of extractive

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : of, relating to, or involving extraction
b : tending toward or resulting in withdrawal of natural resources by extraction with no provision for replenishment extractive agriculture
2 : capable of being extracted



Definition of extractive (Entry 2 of 2)

: something extracted or extractable : extract

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extractively adverb

Examples of extractive in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective China is Zimbabwe's largest foreign investor with significant interests in the country's extractive sector. Nyasha Chingono, CNN, "Shooting of Zimbabwe workers by Chinese mine owner shows 'systemic' abuse, watchdog says," 27 June 2020 Furthermore, within several extractive industry-adjacent unions, there has reliably been rank-and-file dissent pushing for climate action, and against reactionary positions by leadership. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, "Reactionary Unions Don’t Just Back Police. They Also Back Fossil Fuels.," 11 June 2020 In Wyoming, according to the Casper Star-Tribune, Gov. Mark Gordon approved a bill that reduced the amount of money extractive companies must pay in taxes on oil and gas. Mark Olalde, USA TODAY, "Climate Point: Whale fieldwork, climate talks, EPA enforcement all on halt," 3 Apr. 2020 Tourism is a critical revenue source for nearly every country in the world; without it, many nations would shift from experience economies to extractive economies and agricultural practices that are inherently unsustainable. Jesse Ashlock, Condé Nast Traveler, "Sustainable Travel Isn't Just About Plastic," 24 Mar. 2020 Other countries, including Canada, Norway and members of the European Union, have used the Dodd-Frank provision as a model for legislation mandating similar disclosures by extractive industry companies in their own countries. Dylan Tokar, WSJ, "Oil, Mining Companies Voice Opposition to Proposed Disclosure Rule," 18 Mar. 2020 The case was being closely watched, particularly by Canada’s extractive sector, and could alter how domestic firms assess the liability of operating abroad. Amanda Coletta, Washington Post, "Canada's high court rules that Eritreans can sue Canadian mining company for alleged abuses overseas," 28 Feb. 2020 The closings slashed the company’s output of iron ore by more than 20% in 2019 from 2018, contributing to a 1.1% decline in output by extractive industries last year. Jeffrey T. Lewis, WSJ, "Brazil Economy Grows at Slowest Pace in Three Years," 4 Mar. 2020 Pendley’s entire career has been about liberating the extractive industry from environmental laws, enabling companies to pillage the lands he is now entrusted to protect. Christopher Ketcham, The New Republic, "The Trump Official Who Could Obliterate Public Lands," 3 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Given that scientists from every corner of the globe agree that the world has an ever-shortening window to curb emissions, allowing the extractive industries an easier path to commodify the Earth is extremely alarming. Nick Martin, The New Republic, "Trump Finds a New Way to Lick the Boot of the Fossil Fuel Industry," 10 Jan. 2020 At the central government level, Chinese leaders for years have trumpeted their commitment to shift to green growth after relying for decades on low-value manufacturing and resource-extractive industries that caused thick smog and polluted soil. Gerry Shih, Washington Post, "Years after freezing new projects, China is back to building coal power plants," 20 Nov. 2019 In reality, multibillion-dollar extractive industries—and the carbon-spewing corporations of the Global North—bear far more blame than most individuals. Sam Adler-bell, The New Republic, "Why White Supremacists Are Hooked on Green Living," 24 Sep. 2019 Among the findings presented in the 1,200-page document, the Canadian government pinpointed extractive industries and man camps as hotbeds of violence. Nick Martin, The New Republic, "The Connection Between Pipelines and Sexual Violence," 15 Oct. 2019 By 1949, there were five American companies that produced the purified Irish moss extractive, including the Krim-Ko Corporation in New Bedford, Massachusetts, and Kraft Foods Company in Chicago. Emily Toomey, Smithsonian, "The Most Irish Town in America Was Built on Seaweed," 23 July 2019 That changed too, as jobs were lost to free trade and extractive industries like mining promised to replace them. Jennifer Szalai, New York Times, "How Conservatives Bet Big on Wisconsin and Won," 11 July 2018 This, plus the breakneck growth of extractive industries, explains why African forests are disappearing at a rate of 0.5% a year, faster than in South America. The Economist, "Africa’s big carbon emitters admit they have a problem," 21 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of extractive


1599, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1810, in the meaning defined above

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“Extractive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/extractive. Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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ex·​trac·​tive | \ ik-ˈstrak-tiv, ˈek-ˌ How to pronounce extractive (audio) \

Medical Definition of extractive

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of, relating to, or involving extraction extractive processes



Medical Definition of extractive (Entry 2 of 2)

: something extracted or extractable : extract

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