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 As for Google, the germ of the idea behind the company was to create a search engine that simply produced, without fuss or exploitation, the most applicable result. Editorial Board Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "Piling on: What Google and an early snow may have in common," 20 Oct. 2020 The transactions conducted by Mr. Harmon allowed its customers to pay for drugs and child exploitation websites, to support counterfeiting and fraudulent activities as well as back neo-Nazi groups, according to the enforcement action. Mengqi Sun, WSJ, "U.S. Treasury’s FinCEN Issues $60 Million Penalty Against Operator of Bitcoin ‘Mixers’," 19 Oct. 2020 Child exploitation is real — though the reality of it is very different from the narrative promoted by QAnon — and abhorrent. Donie O'sullivan Video By Gabe Ramirez, CNN, "Analysis: A CNN reporter went to two different QAnon events. Here's what he found," 19 Oct. 2020 That history has its own problematic aspects, including exploitation and wage gaps. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, "The Glenn Highway is named for a war criminal who torturing captives during the Philippine-American War," 19 Oct. 2020 Craven’s practically zero-budget exploitation film, which kicked off his transformative career, remains his scariest work even decades later. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Horror Movies Are for Everyone," 19 Oct. 2020 This low-budget exploitation film depicts the crimeful life of marijuana-smoking teens. Nick Perry, chicagotribune.com, "New Zealand to vote on legalizing marijuana and euthanasia," 16 Oct. 2020 For many Native American tribes, historical treaties are a fraught reminder of promises made—and broken—by the United States government over centuries of colonial expansion and exploitation. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, "Hundreds of Native American Treaties Digitized for the First Time," 15 Oct. 2020 Photographer Paul Hilton also won for work on wildlife exploitation. Natasha Daly, National Geographic, "See the best wildlife photos of 2020," 13 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of exploitation

1795, in the meaning defined above

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24 Oct 2020

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“Exploitation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exploitation. Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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