over·​ex·​trac·​tion ˌō-vər-ik-ˈstrak-shən How to pronounce overextraction (audio)
plural overextractions
: excessive extraction : an act of extracting more of something than is necessary or appropriate
overextraction of nonrenewable resources

Examples of overextraction in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web El País, a leading Spanish newspaper with a Mexican edition, reported that overextraction of water likely helped cause the sinkhole. Allison Keeley, The New Yorker, 3 Aug. 2022 India has granted relief to a bunch of big companies, including legacy businesses like Tata Sons and the Adani group, in cases related to overextraction of groundwater. Niharika Sharma, Quartz, 15 July 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1903, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of overextraction was in 1903

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“Overextraction.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overextraction. Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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