Definition of extractive in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɪkˈstraktɪv/
Pronunciation: /ɛkˈstraktɪv/


Of or involving extraction, especially the extensive extraction of natural resources without provision for their renewal: extractive industry
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  • The first category consisted of extractive industries, wherein naturally occurring substances present in the cave environment were gathered, mined, refined, or manufactured and then sold for profit.
  • By definition, Wilderness Areas are off-limits to industrial use, and so have a natural enemy in the extractive industries.
  • Even the initial large-scale industrial production base in the mining sector was specifically tailored to serve the process of extractive exploitation of natural resources.

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