from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Tending to extinguish or make extinct.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Tending to extinguish, suppress, or destroy.


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  • Got an extinctive look at the one of a kind class he teaches, training sailors to do what, fight back against pirates.

    CNN Transcript Apr 9, 2009

  • Prescription (a slight modification of the older usucaption) is the dispensing with evidence of title, and is acquisitive when it is the means of acquiring Ownership and extinctive (divestitive) when it bars a right of action.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 9: Laprade-Mass Liturgy

  • O ye hapless Two, mutually extinctive, the Beautiful and the Squalid, sleep ye well, -- in the Mother's bosom that bore you both!

    The French Revolution

  • Powers and the chaotic brute ones, after long contest and partial victory by the former, meet at last in universal world-embracing wrestle and duel; World-serpent against Thor, strength against strength; mutually extinctive; and ruin, 'twilight' sinking into darkness, swallows the created Universe.

    Sartor Resartus, and On Heroes, Hero-Worship, and the Heroic in History

  • The greatest threat to humanity, no doubt, was only half a century ago, when the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962 edged our society to the brink of an extinctive nuclear winter.

    Energy Bulletin -

  • The researchers reviewed data that has accrued in the intervening decades, and strengthened the correlation between Chicxulub, the iridium layer, and the extinctive aftermath.


  • I wrote to the president of Renault and said: 'I think you have to vote for instinctive design rather than extinctive marketing.'


  • In the same way that some smaller women can struggle to have children, the energetic poverty in dogs translated into reproductive poverty, and a vicious circle whereby small packs have fewer pups, leading to even smaller packs, and driving them into an extinctive vortex.

    Scientific Blogging

  • (extinctive prescription), man would likewise cease to be a person in his prescribed condition.

    Dictionary of the History of Ideas

  • Court of Chancery, or the Bench of Bishops, -- then would Mr. Harrison, if he had full faith in his Chairman, cunningly arrange with him some delicate little extinctive operation to be performed on that malignant or that radical in the course of the evening, and would relate to us exultingly the next day all the incidents of the power of arms, and vindictively (for him) dwell on the barbed points and double edge of the beautiful episcopalian repartee with which it was terminated.

    On the Old Road Vol. 1 (of 2) A Collection of Miscellaneous Essays and Articles on Art and Literature


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