ex·​ploit·​ed ik-ˈsplȯi-təd How to pronounce exploited (audio)
: used for someone's advantage
an exploited resource
Pescatarians … are forgetting the fact that fish are the most exploited species on our planet.NationalPost.com
When a system becomes victim to an exploited vulnerability or an intruder, its behavior often changes.David Hamm
especially, of a person : unfairly or meanly used for another's advantage
He dedicated his life to improving the wages and working conditions of one of the nation's poorest and most exploited groups of workers … James C. Harrington

Examples of exploited in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web These include patches for exploited flaws in Ivanti products, as well as fixes for vulnerabilities in SAP and Cisco software. Kate O'Flaherty, WIRED, 31 Aug. 2023 For some industries — garment factories and car washes, for example — the state set up special enforcement programs and created funds to compensate exploited workers, but this has not been done for cannabis or agriculture in general. Los Angeles Times, 29 Jan. 2023 Banner, who includes herself and her research process in the text, seeks to truly probe the paradoxes of who Marilyn was — her ability to be both a celebrity utterly in control of her image and a vulnerable, exploited figure. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, 27 Sep. 2022 Sims’s most exploited subject, Anarcha Westcott, appears in my narrative as Arelia. Daniel Drake, The New York Review of Books, 19 Feb. 2022 The transformation from a land of nomads to an exploited and abused Soviet satellite state to a modern, forward-leaning country has been boosted by waves of returning students from the United States and Europe. Llewellyn King, Forbes, 7 July 2021 It was filed by attorneys with the Sugar Law Center in Detroit and Resilience Force, a group that advocates for exploited workers who help rebuild and clean up after natural disasters. Niraj Warikoo, Detroit Free Press, 24 Oct. 2020 See More

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Word History


from past participle of exploit entry 2

First Known Use

1867, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of exploited was in 1867

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“Exploited.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exploited. Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

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