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extractive

[ik-strak-tiv] /ɪkˈstræk tɪv/
adjective
1.
tending or serving to extract, or based upon extraction:
coal, oil, copper, and other extractive industries.
2.
capable of being extracted, as from the earth:
extractive fuels.
3.
of, relating to, or involving extraction:
extractive surgery.
4.
of or of the nature of an extract.
noun
5.
something extracted.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; extract + -ive
Related forms
nonextractive, adjective
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  • Considers strategies for regulating transnational companies in the continent's extractive industries.
  • It was, above all else, an age propelled by cheap and abundant extractive energy.
  • The law allows the government to immediately phase out commercial fishing and other extractive uses.
  • But extractive industry has long been a mainstay of its economy.
  • Conservationist tenant preferred, but extractive forestry also considered.
  • So may the new law requiring prior consultation with indigenous communities over extractive projects on their land.
  • The standard of living would decline, but employment would grow, especially in manufacturing and the extractive industries.
  • With the exception of natural gas, renewable energy sources do not involve the extractive technologies required by fossil fuels.
  • Of particular importance, the regulations should include a precise definition of extractive resources.
  • Construction of the extractive distillation apparatus has been completed and initial experiments are underway.
British Dictionary definitions for extractive

extractive

/ɪkˈstræktɪv/
adjective
1.
tending or serving to extract
2.
of, involving, or capable of extraction
noun
3.
something extracted or capable of being extracted
4.
the part of an extract that is insoluble
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extractive in Medicine

extractive ex·trac·tive (ĭk-strāk'tĭv)
adj.

  1. Used in or obtained by extraction.

  2. Possible to extract.

n.
  1. Something that may be extracted.

  2. A substance present in tissue that can be separated by successive treatment with solvents and recovered by evaporation of the solution; the insoluble portion of an extract.

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