ex·​ploit·​ative | \ ik-ˈsplȯi-tə-tiv How to pronounce exploitative (audio) , ek-ˌsplȯi- How to pronounce exploitative (audio) \

Definition of exploitative

: 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

Other Words from exploitative

exploitatively adverb

Examples of exploitative in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Paizo’s union formed in the wake of public controversy over the company’s reportedly exploitative labor practices, like overwork, an over-reliance on contingent workers, and low pay. Cecilia D'anastasio, Wired, 28 Dec. 2021 There's also a growth industry of exploitative master's degrees that impose costs similar to a JD but offer none of the professional benefits. Samuel Goldman, The Week, 22 Dec. 2021 Despite the tabloid-y nature of the film’s subject, Safarty’s approach is far from exploitative. Andrew Lapin, sun-sentinel.com, 3 Dec. 2021 And police found exploitative videos of Volar abusing girls who appeared as young as 12, the Post reported. NBC News, 29 Nov. 2021 But Richardson cautions that casual viewing of Black people dying online and on TV can become exploitative. Matt Williams, The Conversation, 24 Nov. 2021 Opposition leaders, who earlier called the laws exploitative and supported the protests, congratulated the farmers. Sheikh Saaliq, The Christian Science Monitor, 19 Nov. 2021 But some of those mentoring relationships, the court’s investigation showed, became exploitative. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, 18 Nov. 2021 The true-crime genre and reality TV shows like Love After Lockup can be pretty exploitative. John J. Lennon, Vulture, 18 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of exploitative

1879, in the meaning defined above

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11 Jan 2022

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“Exploitative.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exploitative. Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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