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extractive

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

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


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extractive

noun

Definition of extractive

:something extracted or extractable :extract

First Known Use of extractive

1810


Medical Dictionary

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extractive

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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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