exploitive

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

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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 But the precedent that BrainStorm will set by turning what should be an altruistic act into a money-making venture is extremely dangerous and potentially exploitive. Adam Feuerstein, STAT, "Here come the right-to-try profiteers. The FDA is powerless to stop them," 20 June 2018 This is a homogeneous group of exploitive and corrupt people, whose primary purpose is to advance themselves professionally and economically at the expense of Mr. Cosby’s life. Jeff Truesdell, PEOPLE.com, "Bill Cosby's Wife Calls for Criminal Investigation of Prosecutors and Claims Victim 'Perjured' Herself," 3 May 2018 Both want to see even deeper ties with China, Chile’s top trading partner, and have rebuffed Trump administration warnings that Beijing is consolidating itself as a colonial, exploitive power in Latin America. Ernesto LondoÑo, New York Times, "In Chile, a Billionaire Takes the Reins From a Socialist, Again," 10 Mar. 2018 This story details the sexist and exploitive treatment of NFL cheerleaders, who must often follow a litany of controlling rules—all while typically making little more than minimum wage and receiving no benefits. Kristen Bellstrom, Fortune, "YouTube Shooting, All Raise, Midas List: Broadsheet April 4," 4 Apr. 2018

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1858, in the meaning defined above

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