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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The film makes the point, subtly but unmistakably, that the NBA has racial and labor exploitation at its core, that a white class of plutocrats has found a way to own the talents of a workforce of largely black men. Taylor Antrim, Vogue, "Why Netflix's High Flying Bird Feels Like The Future of Movies," 8 Feb. 2019 The parents face a litany of charges, including exploitation and intimidation of a disabled adult, false imprisonment and first-degree cruelty to children, according to the sheriff’s office. Jared Gilmour, miamiherald, "Parents reported daughter missing. Cops found her — and the room she escaped, Ga. deputies say," 26 June 2018 Selena Scola, who worked at Facebook for nine months, was tasked with enforcing the company’s policy on prohibited content such as violence, hate speech, child exploitation, nudity and disinformation, according to SFgate.com. Gerren Keith Gaynor, Fox News, "Ex-Facebook content moderator claims disturbing images gave her PTSD; sues," 25 Sep. 2018 To put one’s hope in Jesus, then, is to believe despite all the evidence to the contrary Jesus’ way of peace, justice, mercy and compassion will ultimately prevail over the empire’s ways of violence, exploitation, oppression and fear. Rachel Held Evans, Washington Post, "The Bible is literature for the resistance," 12 July 2018 The most serious charge, child exploitation, is punishable by up to 6 years in prison. Vic Ryckaert, Indianapolis Star, "Lawsuit: Fishers Goodwill store failed to protect employees from bathroom voyeur," 20 June 2018 An exploitation some online oligopolies expose music authors to by using legal loopholes and operating a parasitic value creation model. Wolfgang Spahr, Billboard, "German Rights Body GEMA Applauds Europe-Wide Efforts to Curtail 'Parasitic' Value Models of Digital Services," 19 June 2018 Operated jointly by Seoul and Pyongyang from 2004 to 2016, Kaesong was a symbol of economic cooperation between the Koreas, and all the problems and difficulties that came with it: political uncertainty, worker exploitation, and investor skepticism. James Griffiths, CNN, "After nukes and summits, can Kim Jong Un reform North Korea's economy?," 8 June 2018 Despite the real-world threat of exploitation, more than 115,000 websites as of Monday continued to run outdated versions of content management systems that are vulnerable to Drupalgeddon2, Mursch reported. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Three months later, a mass exploit of powerful Web servers continues," 7 June 2018

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1795, in the meaning defined above

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