exploitative

adjective
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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The service sector makes its money off the warmth and charisma of the people who staff it, which can be gross and exploitative, but is also what can make being one of those people bearable. Kaitlyn Tiffany, Vox, "5 Black Fridays at the mall food court," 21 Nov. 2018 The movie has smarter-than-usual critiques of corporate imperatives (the more Wall Street learns about Lift’s depraved and exploitative labor schemes, the more the stock goes up), and just enough crazy jokes to sustain it. Gary Thompson, Philly.com, "'Sorry to Bother You': The funniest movie you'll ever see about labor organizing," 11 July 2018 The caption was criticized by social media users as insensitive and exploitative of the growing violence against migrant people. Amira Rasool, Teen Vogue, "Critics Are Calling Out Jeremy Scott for Moschino's "Alien Nation" Campaign," 26 June 2018 Marwencol certainly had the potential to be exploitative, given its subject matter. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Before you see Welcome to Marwen, stream the documentary about the true story behind it," 21 Dec. 2018 Helene Schneiderman was a fiercely practical Old Lady; Richard Troxell was the cheerfully exploitative Governor and Vanderdendur. Heidi Waleson, WSJ, "Staging Reimagined Stories in New Mexico," 6 Aug. 2018 For him, food—itself often an exploitative system—is a way to do that. Abigail Bereola, GQ, "Tunde Wey Wants His Food to Change the Way We Talk About Inequality," 15 Mar. 2018 This is provided for them by exploitative camps that let people ride the elephants for 10-to-12 hours straight, with no rest during the day and no forest time at night. Ashlea Halpern, Condé Nast Traveler, "Is It Ever Okay to Ride Elephants While on Vacation? It’s Complicated...," 18 Oct. 2018 Especially because so many Americans don't possess much, economically—a look at Donald Trump and his particularly grabby White House associates provides an extreme version our exploitative 1 percent. Bridget Read, Vogue, "Delaware Democratic Senate Hopeful Kerri Harris Is a Queer Woman of Color Who Wants Politicians With "Diversity of Experience"," 29 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of exploitative

1879, in the meaning defined above

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