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extractive

adjective ex·trac·tive \ ik-ˈstrak-tiv , ˈek-ˌstrak- \
|Updated on: 15 Jul 2018

Definition of extractive

1 a : 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

extractively

adverb

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First Known Use of extractive

1599

in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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extractive

noun

Definition of extractive

: something extracted or extractable : extract

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First Known Use of extractive

1810

in the meaning defined above

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extractive

adjective ex·trac·tive \ ik-ˈstrak-tiv, ˈek-ˌ \

medical Definition of extractive

: of, relating to, or involving extraction
  • extractive processes

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extractive

noun

medical Definition of extractive

: something extracted or extractable : extract

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