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

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Recent Examples on the Web Productions were taken advantage of by exploitive pricing by some labs. Selome Hailu, Variety, 29 Oct. 2021 There are effective, proven strategies that governments can proactively adopt to protect kids from the dangers of tobacco products and the exploitive tactics used by tobacco companies -- but countries are moving far too slowly to adopt them. Kelly Henning, CNN, 21 July 2021 All summer and fall, a crop of corn and a stand of sunflowers will crowd onto the lawn, adding layers to a stark work that has split visitors — exploitive or homage? — for decades. BostonGlobe.com, 21 May 2021 Those regimes are ugly, exploitive, winner-takes-all, Darwinian forms of government. Peter Georgescu, Forbes, 19 Apr. 2021 Yet also heartless, deeply amoral, selfish, exploitive, cold. Pamela N. Danziger, Forbes, 28 Feb. 2021 About 25 years ago, when Lehrer began painting these portraits, the work was regarded by some as niche, therapeutic at best, exploitive at worst. Christopher Borrelli, chicagotribune.com, 24 Feb. 2021 Vagrancy laws were weaponized to force Black people into exploitive labor agreements and incentivized white surveillance of their movements and activities. New York Times, 20 Jan. 2021 Both films depict the late career collapse of mercurial, exploitive, extreme narcissists who retreat into the isolation of their grotesquely excessive palaces. Fortune, 24 Nov. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of exploitive

1858, in the meaning defined above

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“Exploitive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exploitive. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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