ex·​ploit·​ive | \ ik-ˈsplȯi-tiv How to pronounce exploitive (audio) \

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While proponents argue that the system helps close budget gaps, opponents argue that the low wages are exploitive. Mariel Padilla, BostonGlobe.com, "Student journalist in Amherst uncovers high school’s use of prison labor," 28 June 2019 Trump said Monday in an unscheduled interview with CNBC, comparing the business group to exploitive trade partners. Washington Post, "While Trump wages trade war, Pence tries to ease GOP anxiety," 13 June 2019 Some have called these zoning loopholes exploitive. Stefanos Chen, New York Times, "New York City’s Evolving Skyline," 5 June 2019 Much of the platform rewards and amplifies exploitive actions by staking creators’ revenue and clout on a handful of metrics—such as view counts and ad impressions—that are easily gamed. Paris Martineau, WIRED, "YouTube Has Kid Troubles Because Kids Are a Core Audience," 6 June 2019 Try telling that to the million youngsters who watch YouTube anyway, while their parents play whack-a-mole, trying to keep their kids away from adult, exploitive, violent and scary content. Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY, "Hey kids, Amazon, YouTube & Facebook have a product for you," 28 Apr. 2018 Peter Brant has proven to be an exploitive and dishonorable businessman who considers himself above the law, with his stewardship of Interview magazine the most recent example. Jacob Bernstein, New York Times, "The Great Interview Magazine Caper," 16 June 2018 The scenes of violence against women are critical to the points of the shows, and not usually gratuitous or exploitive. Matthew Gilbert, BostonGlobe.com, "There’s Emmy drama in the face-off between two of this year’s very best," 12 July 2018 The company repurposed two photographs from recent migrant rescue operations by staff members from the Franco-German charity SOS Méditerranée for an advertising campaign, drawing howls of protest that the ads were insensitive and exploitive. Ceylan Yeginsu, New York Times, "Benetton ‘Migrants’ Ads Draw Outrage for Using Photos of Real Migrants," 21 June 2018

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1858, in the meaning defined above

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an act or instance of editing or removing

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