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

Examples of exploitation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This creates an environment primed for exploitation, Rothschild said. Dan Patterson, CBS News, 24 Sep. 2021 According to the release, the three people arrested are under investigation for exploitation of a prostitute, aiding prostitution, money laundering, a pattern of unlawful activity and maintaining a public nuisance. Jordan Miller, The Salt Lake Tribune, 9 Sep. 2021 And Patagonia has demonstrated its pro-environment stance by continually re-examining its practices—from selling organic cotton and eco-friendly synthetic apparel to investigating its own supply chain for worker exploitation. Hbs Working Knowledge, Forbes, 30 Aug. 2021 With the rise in investor landlords, there is potential for exploitation of tenants. Emalyn Muzzy, Star Tribune, 24 July 2021 One emblematic moment, in which Robin trumpets his return, involves his absorbing of atrocious punishment in a secretive underground fight club reserved for the exploitation of the city’s restaurant workers. Richard Brod, The New Yorker, 17 July 2021 Republicans in the lead-up to 2016 gave Americans a masterclass in how to conduct an investigation primed for political exploitation. Philip Elliott, Time, 14 July 2021 Instead, Williams argues that in-house security teams need to learn to monitor for the tools' exploitation and be ready to shut them down, as many did when news began to spread of a vulnerability in Kaseya last week. Andy Greenberg, Wired, 12 July 2021 One of Britain's first acts after establishing the colony was to create a paramilitary police force to protect British occupiers living in certain quarters of the country while also making way for unfettered exploitation of Nigerian resources. Cherrell Brown, refinery29.com, 21 June 2021

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First Known Use of exploitation

1795, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of exploitation was in 1795

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13 Oct 2021

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“Exploitation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exploitation. Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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