ex·ploi·ta·tion | \ ˌek-ˌsplȯi-ˈtā-shən \

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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And while the show’s an exploitation of our collective tendency to fetishize the decade, that doesn’t trivialize the art inside. Andrea Alonso, Los Angeles Magazine, "Fact and Fiction Collide Inside an Exhibit Inspired by a “Forgotten” L.A. Legend—and Beverly Hills Cop," 12 June 2018 Elder abuse is so prevalent that the federal Elder Justice Act, signed into law in 2010, was created to provide more resources to prevent and prosecute the abuse, neglect or exploitation of seniors. Doug Williams, sandiegouniontribune.com, "‘Excuse me, but where were you when all this was going on?’," 4 June 2018 Bernardita Voss, 51, the victim's sitter, was arrested Thursday (May 24) and booked with exploitation of the infirmed, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office reported. Kim Chatelain, NOLA.com, "Sitter accused of stealing more than $14,000 from elderly Slidell woman," 24 May 2018 Climate change has decreased the amount of ice in the Arctic region, leading to the possibility of alternative sea routes and the exploitation of resources previously locked away under thick sea ice. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "China Is Planning a Nuclear-Powered Icebreaker," 25 June 2018 The need for money among many budding college athletes and their families as well as the thirst for money among universities, coaches, sport agents and sporting goods companies drive these violations and the resulting exploitation. William H. Noack And Don Kusler, star-telegram, "Pro-con: Was Condoleezza Rice right in recommending that college athletes not be paid?," 8 June 2018 MyHeritage’s security team is investigating the data breach to identify any potential exploitation of its system. Kirsten Korosec, Fortune, "Ancestry Site MyHeritage Says 92 Million User Accounts Have Been Compromised," 5 June 2018 Increasingly, succulents from California, turtles from the Gulf Coast, eels from Maine and fish from Baja California have been targeted by those looking to capitalize on the exploitation of such animals. Joshua Emerson Smith, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Illegal wildlife trade likely unstoppable without dramatic shift in public awareness," 22 Apr. 2018 The world badly needs an alternative to Facebook, a superb service built on the ruthless exploitation of our personal data. Hiawatha Bray, BostonGlobe.com, "Hey Facebook users, want online privacy? Put your money where your mouth is," 9 Apr. 2018

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1795, in the meaning defined above

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