sub·trac·tive | \səb-ˈtrak-tiv \

Definition of subtractive 

1 : tending to subtract

2 : constituting or involving subtraction

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The unusual tools were born out of the designer’s interest in new means of making, specifically ones involving additive techniques, like those used in 3D printing, as opposed to traditional subtractive methods. Kyle Vanhemert, WIRED, "These Crazy Guns Shoot Pewter, Plastic, and Paper Mache," 25 June 2013 Mills use a subtractive method, starting with a block of solid materials like Crowninshield's blanks and removing all the parts that are not needed. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Man Gets Three Years In Prison for Selling CNC Milled Gun Parts," 20 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of subtractive

1690, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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