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

Other Words from extractive


extractively adverb

Examples of extractive in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The Apiwtxa propose in place of permanent economic growth and extractive industry a social and economic system in which collaboration ranks above competition and where every being has a place and is important to the whole. Carolina Schneider Comandulli, Scientific American, 23 Apr. 2022 Yorenka Tasori also includes an effort to protect Ashaninka sacred sites, which are often places of great natural beauty but are threatened by roads, dams and extractive industries. Carolina Schneider Comandulli, Scientific American, 23 Apr. 2022 In some instances, war can also disrupt extractive industries. New York Times, 13 Apr. 2022 In 2008, of the 153 women who worked in extractive fishing, only 12 worked at sea, according to Umar-Açores, a women’s rights group. Eduardo Leal, The Christian Science Monitor, 3 May 2022 Correcting course means continuing to move from extractive methods to truly collaborative, reciprocal work in participation with Indigenous communities. Rachel Parsons, Scientific American, 28 Mar. 2022 Heavily mortgaged enslaved property connected the extractive agriculture of the South to bankers and insurers in New York, London and Paris, and to industrialists on both sides of the Atlantic. Washington Post, 1 Apr. 2022 Besides those legal promptings, there are really no bright lines demarcating problematic oligarchs bearing gifts from politically savvy, celebrated extractive capitalists offering eight- and nine-figure donations. Benjamin Soskis, Town & Country, 15 Mar. 2022 The organization’s cofounder is Tristan Harris, an ex-Googler who called attention to the search giant’s extractive features in 2013. Arielle Pardes, Wired, 11 Mar. 2022 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 21 Apr. 2018 See More

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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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14 Jun 2022

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“Extractive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/extractive. Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for extractive


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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