ex·ploit·ative | \ik-ˈsplȯi-tə-tiv, ek-ˌsplȯi- \

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

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exploitatively adverb

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But by focusing on his market prowess almost exclusively, Pusha avoids the weight of his past and present exploitative behavior. Josie Duffy Rice, The Atlantic, "The Gospel According to Pusha T," 12 July 2018 While some find the child abuse claim helpful in solving the mystery that was Whitney Houston, others, like her mother Cissy and Dee Dee’s sister Dionne Warwick, find the allegations in the film painful, exploitative and hard to believe. Janine Rubenstein, PEOPLE.com, "Whitney Houston's Mother Expresses 'Horror' Over Claims Singer Was Molested by Dee Dee Warwick," 11 July 2018 But unlike the anthropological lens of Ms. Livingston, which some have called exploitative, Mr. Bratton’s series offers an insider’s view on the sociopolitical nuances of today’s scene. Alex Hawgood, New York Times, "Category Is … Filmmaker Realness," 26 June 2018 And indeed, the four-minute video sparked a fierce backlash from some who viewed it as exploitative of Black pain for commercial purposes — but isn’t that the very point Childish Gambino was trying to make? refinery29.com, "What Americana Means (And Doesn't) In 2018: From Childish Gambino To Roseanne," 3 July 2018 In most cases, pretending to be psychic is just one of many exploitative schemes for these imposters. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "How to Tap Into Your Own Psychic Abilities," 2 July 2018 Game making as a whole is so especially rife with exploitative work conditions that the practice gets its own special, cutesy name. Steven Strom, Ars Technica, "Prey: Mooncrash’s dystopic nightmare hits a little too close to home," 28 June 2018 Even so, prosecutors in New York said Moseley ran an exploitative payday lending operation that preyed on financially vulnerable consumers seeking short-term loans. Steve Vockrodt, kansascity, "Another Kansas City payday lender is off to prison, this time for 10 years," 12 June 2018 This would be more ethical and less exploitative, and might well produce just as many great stars, at a much lower personal price. Laurent Dubois, The Atlantic, "How Not to Scout for Soccer Talent," 14 June 2018

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1879, in the meaning defined above

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