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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Most local contributors aren’t included in the union because of their contractor status, though their treatment in the past has led to allegations of exploitation. Jacob Feldman, SI.com, "2019 NBA Draft Media Preview: What to Expect from TV Broadcasts, Twitter and More," 20 June 2019 In May, the young man pleaded guilty in federal court to a lesser charge of child exploitation. Guillermo Contreras, ExpressNews.com, "Was Benjamin Bogard mobilizing for mass violence or just spouting online rhetoric?," 14 June 2019 Shame on you Roseanne! — Mrs. Wise (@gwtiawah) January 9, 2018 Some social media users even claim that featuring a character like Mark is a form of child exploitation. Christina Capatides, CBS News, ""Roseanne" reboot to feature "gender creative" non-binary child," 18 Jan. 2018 Wildlife Watch is an investigative reporting project between National Geographic Society and National Geographic Partners focusing on wildlife exploitation. Paul Hilton, National Geographic, "Poaching is sending the shy, elusive pangolin to its doom," 17 June 2019 And given that many of the migrants crossing illegally are women and children, many are vulnerable to atrocities and exploitation on their perilous expedition north. Fox News, "Footage of porous U.S.-Mexico border purportedly shows armed coyote smuggling dozens with ease," 13 June 2019 In some cases, this data ends up being used for nefarious purposes including surveillance and commercial exploitation. Sharon Wekwete, Quartz Africa, "As the continent digitizes rapidly, Africans need a bill of data rights to protect them online," 12 June 2019 In such a case, the local exploitation method above works. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Millions of machines affected by command execution flaw in Exim mail server," 7 June 2019 With the growth of the global economy, Americans have become accustomed to reports of worker and environmental exploitation in faraway places. Peter Whoriskey, Anchorage Daily News, "Much of the chocolate you buy starts with child labor," 6 June 2019

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First Known Use of exploitation

1795, in the meaning defined above

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