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

Examples of exploitive in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But in the then-emerging and exploitive Jamaican record business, Marley's authorship of o fewer than six smash hits in Jamaica netted him all of $200. Tommy McArdle, Peoplemag, 19 Feb. 2024 Some creative professionals argue these are simply tools that artists can benefit from, but others believe any generative AI features are exploitive because they’re often trained on masses of content collected without creators’ knowledge or consent. Jess Weatherbed, The Verge, 9 Jan. 2024 Great health insurance everywhere with protections against grueling, exploitive, hierarchical labor practices. Goldie Chan, Forbes, 7 Mar. 2023 Nilima Rao delivers a slow-boil, effective whodunit that exposes exploitive colonial practices. Staff, The Christian Science Monitor, 21 June 2023 In the documents seen by the AP, Facebook acknowledges being aware of both the exploitive conditions of foreign workers and the use of Instagram to buy and trade maids online even before a 2019 report by the BBC’s Arabic service on the practice in the Mideast. Jon Gambrell and Jim Gomez, Anchorage Daily News, 25 Oct. 2021 The show became the standard bearer of a new brand of in-your-face television in the 1990s that audiences embraced and critics decried as exploitive and tasteless. Sharon Coolidge, The Enquirer, 27 Apr. 2023 While not excusing what began as exploitive relationships, Roberts shows how young men and women both crossed divides. David James, Anchorage Daily News, 26 Mar. 2023 But in the greater context of the horror canon, Black Christmas is a trailblazer with an expert grasp on suspense, and even influenced the conception of one Michael Myers, regardless if it was wrongly perceived as little more than an exploitive romp upon its release. Allaire Nuss, EW.com, 12 Aug. 2022

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Word History


exploit entry 2 + -ive

First Known Use

1858, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of exploitive was in 1858

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“Exploitive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exploitive. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

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