ex·​ploi·​ta·​tion | \ ˌek-ˌsplȯi-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce exploitation (audio) \

Definition of exploitation

: an act or instance of exploiting exploitation of natural resources exploitation of immigrant laborers clever exploitation of the system

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For now, the solution might seem as simple as not posting the meme or not using the app, or trying not to mind the exploitation. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Domino's Pizza-Spotting App Is a Window Into a Future of Justified Paranoia," 20 Feb. 2019 The best cameras — something Google knows a lot about — are defined by highly customized, multilayered exploitation of the basic hardware. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Google keeps failing to understand tablets," 29 Nov. 2018 Sisi promised to secure Egypt from the aggressions of political Islam (Islam not as religion but as the political exploitation of religion). Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "Can Egypt Convince the World That It Is Starting Over?," 19 Mar. 2019 Her position at the esteemed agency The Society Management has given her the unique position to advocate for the many young women in the fashion industry—an industry still reckoning with the hard truths around the exploitation of models. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "Shop Fall Fashion Inspired by 14 Real Working Women," 20 Sep. 2018 Behind the scenes, the messages contained links to install Cobalt, a commercially available post-exploitation framework. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Russia’s Cozy Bear comes out of hiding with post-election spear-phishing blitz," 20 Nov. 2018 In the case of The Body, Davis and Fisher deliver some of the key elements of an exploitation film — namely, a handful of gory murders — between scenes that balance gruesome slapstick with high-minded philosophizing. Noel Murray, The Verge, "Hulu’s horror anthology Into the Dark represents the good and bad sides of Blumhouse Productions," 5 Oct. 2018 So many of the exploitation films she’s subverting are focused on the grim objective of killing people off, as if those boxes being checked are enough to rebalance the scales. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Revenge Is a Shocking and Subversive Piece of Horror," 9 May 2018 John Sandweg, an acting ICE director under Obama, said significant fines instilled fear in employers and avoided draining resources from other enforcement priorities, which include child exploitation, human trafficking and money laundering. Bloomberg.com, "Immigration Agents Descend on 7-Eleven Stores in 17 States," 10 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of exploitation

1795, in the meaning defined above

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a sum of money that is sent as a payment

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