Definition of extractive in US English:

extractive

adjective

  • Of or involving extraction, especially the extensive extraction of natural resources without provision for their renewal.

    ‘extractive industry’
    • ‘Although state corruption has traditionally been blamed for the disappointing results of aid, the report argues that bribes often come from Western sources, notably in the mining and extractive industries.’
    • ‘But this volume does not include the extensive network of seismic lines, industrial access roads, and pipelines needed to support these 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.’
    • ‘Its second application was to have 494 acres at Belgard Quarry designated for extractive industry zoning, but the county manager believes the current agricultural zoning is appropriate.’
    • ‘They're under the influence of the extractive industries.’
    • ‘By the end of the seventeenth century, Spain itself had begun to decline as a world power through financial mismanagement, outmoded trade policies, and continued reliance on exhausted extractive industries.’
    • ‘By definition, Wilderness Areas are off-limits to industrial use, and so have a natural enemy in the extractive industries.’
    • ‘The natural resources department's extractive resource draft plan is designed to protect south-east Queensland's remaining hard rock quarry sites from encroaching housing estates.’
    • ‘Tasmania's economy, like the rest of Australia's, was originally based on sheep ranching, agriculture, and extractive industries like mining and logging.’
    • ‘Conservationists and animal welfare groups agree that the greatest threat to Asian elephants is loss of habitat, as burgeoning human populations and extractive industries push into wilderness.’
    • ‘But in the last three years, the government's attention and resources have shifted to older sectors of the economy, with tariff protection and subsidies to extractive industries.’
    • ‘As a highly capital intensive industry, linked in the first place to the extractive industries such as mining, its finances were always precarious, even prior to nationalisation.’
    • ‘There was also a widespread leather processing industry, some metallurgical production, and some extractive industry, with lead, iron, tin, and, most importantly, coal being mined.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This is clearly the case in the extractive industries such as mining and petroleum.’
    • ‘Add in the historical aspect of the reef, which brings into focus the reef as resource - a story of commodities and extractive industries, from fishing to mining.’
    • ‘First, an increasing number of Russian companies in the extractive industries are acquiring significant assets in Western countries or are using international financial markets to raise capital.’
    • ‘While extractive industries like mining depend on the physical resources of the country where they operate, many manufacturing and service firms do not.’
    • ‘Civil groups in Eastern Europe and Central Asia slammed the World Bank for projects it funds in extractive industries at talks which ended over the weekend, participant groups said in a statement on Sunday.’
    • ‘The expansion of mining and other extractive industries, deforestation and road building can increase the habitat for malaria carrying mosquitoes leading to an increase in the incidence of the disease.’

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