ex·​ploit·​ative ik-ˈsplȯi-tə-tiv How to pronounce exploitative (audio) ˈek-ˌsplȯi- How to pronounce exploitative (audio)
: exploiting or tending to exploit
especially : unfairly or cynically using another person or group for profit or advantage
exploitative terms of employment
an exploitative film
exploitatively adverb

Examples of exploitative in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After all, as our own planet degrades, the next targets of exploitative resource extraction may be distant planets, Arzate points out. Smithsonianmag.com, Smithsonian Magazine, 21 Aug. 2023 One subplot involves an exploitative agency for Pitbull impersonators; in another, Craig’s ex-wife becomes a pregnancy surrogate for a dubious rich couple. James Poniewozik, New York Times, 17 Aug. 2023 But forests are diminishing through exploitative logging practices as well as the process of desertification, which turns grassland and shrubland arid. IEEE Spectrum, 17 Aug. 2023 But the case also sends righteous tremors through a frequently exploitative profession. David Adjaye, Curbed, 6 July 2023 As their voices grew louder, and as more people on social media began making point-of-view jokes about being the child of a family vlogger, greater rumblings about exploitative child influencer practices began emerging among the general public. Angela Yang, NBC News, 15 Aug. 2023 Television commentators and politicians routinely lump together the United States, Europe, and NATO and deride all of them as hypocritical, exploitative, and bent on the subjugation of Turkey. Asli Aydintasbas, Foreign Affairs, 11 Aug. 2023 Thanks to hampton and the Culture House team, Ladies First delves into the financial predation that is commonplace within the hip-hop music business with Kash Doll, Rah Digga and Saweetie sharing their experiences with exploitative record deals. Jasmine Browley, Essence, 11 Aug. 2023 As with Pountney’s mental-institution Rusalka, David Alden’s Dutchman was based on a concept that made no sense to me: that the Dutchman is an exploitative international businessman. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, 8 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History


exploit entry 2 + -ative

First Known Use

1879, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of exploitative was in 1879

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“Exploitative.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exploitative. Accessed 26 Sep. 2023.

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