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

  • adj. Used in or obtained by extraction.
  • adj. Possible to extract.
  • n. Something that may be extracted.
  • n. The insoluble portion of an extract.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. That serves to extract something
  • adj. Able to be extracted
  • n. Something that may be extracted
  • n. The substance left behind after something has been extracted

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Capable of being extracted.
  • adj. Tending or serving to extract or draw out.
  • n. Anything extracted; an extract.
  • n.
  • n. A chemical principle once supposed to exist in all extracts.
  • n. Any one of a large class of substances obtained by extraction, and consisting largely of nitrogenous hydrocarbons, such as xanthin, hypoxanthin, and creatin extractives from muscle tissue.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of the nature of an extract; extracted.
  • Tending or serving to extract; extracting.
  • n. An extract.
  • n. In pharmacy, the substance which, during the evaporation in making an extract, becomes dark in color and at last insoluble. Its nature is doubtful.
  • n. In physiol. chem., one of various substances existing in small quantities in animal tissue, such as creatine and xanthin.


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  • It's a process that, like others, relies heavily on long-term extractive processes (metals mining), and spews effluent that's expensive to clean up and that companies bargain heavily to get environmental exceptions on.

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  • The probe comes amid intensifying global scrutiny of corruption and bribery in the so-called extractive industries that generate raw materials.

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  • When America exports its multi-national corporations, especially those in the "extractive" industries (think Big Oil), things are much worse and the imbalance of power between third world governments and societies and the power of mega-corporations backed by American willpower, military power and economic power cannot protect local interests.

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  • Important as this kind of extractive activity is to the nation's well-being, of its very nature it is not nearly as labour-intensive as end product manufacturing and distribution.

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  • At the core of this would be a fast broadband network that would facilitate an international digital economy, particularly in key export industries such as extractive, agriculture and education.

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  • It will also generate information that can help communities living near and within protected areas-such as extractive reserves-and will inform plans for new projects such as the construction of dams, agricultural development and mines, among others.

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  • The legislation was introduced in on March 26 by Minister of International Trade Stockwell Day, who says that the two agreements will open the door for Canadian companies doing business in Colombia and Peru by expanding market access in key sectors such as extractive industries, manufacturing, agriculture and financial services.

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  • The decision to protect some isolated islands along with the Mariana Trench, the deepest ocean canyon in the world, also represents a strategic shift by ocean conservationists, who have decided they are better off safeguarding some of the sea's most pristine regions than trying to curb fishing, drilling and other "extractive" activity everywhere.

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  • About 750 families live in the three proposed 'extractive' reserves (or Resex) up for approval, which include Baixo Rio Branco-Jauaperi (in the states of Roraima and Amazonas),

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