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extractive (comparative more extractive, superlative most extractive)

  1. That serves to extract something
    • Cairnes
      Certain branches of industry are conveniently designated extractive: e.g., agriculture, pastoral and mining pursuits, cutting of lumber, etc.
  2. That withdraws natural resources by extraction
    • 2014, BusinessDictionary.com
      The extractive industry consists of any operations that remove metals, mineral and aggregates from the earth. Examples of extractive processes include oil and gas extraction, mining, dredging and quarrying.
  3. Able to be extracted
    • Kirwan
      Thirty grains of extractive matter.

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extractive (plural extractives)

  1. Something that may be extracted
  2. The substance left behind after something has been extracted