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[ek-sploi-tey-shuh n] /ˌɛk splɔɪˈteɪ ʃən/
use or utilization, especially for profit:
the exploitation of newly discovered oil fields.
selfish utilization:
He got ahead through the exploitation of his friends.
the combined, often varied, use of public-relations and advertising techniques to promote a person, movie, product, etc.
Origin of exploitation
1795-1805; < French; see exploit, -ation
Related forms
exploitational, adjective
exploitationally, adverb
nonexploitation, noun
overexploitation, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • If the answer is yes, then the solution is to prevent further exploitation of this unfair advantage.
  • In public perception, horse racing sometimes finds itself on a thin line between competition and exploitation.
  • They need freedom from exploitation and freedom from poor education.
  • These storms can further damage mangroves that are already suffering from exploitation for timber, fuelwood, and charcoal.
  • He loved horse racing—but lamented any exploitation of the animals.
  • Grazing, woodcutting, and resource exploitation associated with increased urbanization pose threats to this ecoregion.
  • But exploitation does not have to involve destruction.
  • There's been a lot of colonial exploitation in human history.
  • While the size of the movie's gross is unprecedented, crass exploitation of the disaster has a venerable history of its own.
  • The days of mindless exploitation are over.
Word Origin and History for exploitation

1803, "productive working" of something, a positive word among those who used it first, though regarded as a Gallicism, from French exploitation, noun of action from exploiter (see exploit (v.)). Bad sense developed 1830s-50s, in part from influence of French socialist writings (especially Saint Simon), also perhaps influenced by U.S. anti-slavery writing; and the insulting word was hurled at activities it once had crowned as praise.

It follows from this science [conceived by Saint Simon] that the tendency of the human race is from a state of antagonism to that of an universal peaceful association -- from the dominating influence of the military spirit to that of the industriel one; from what they call l'exploitation de l'homme par l'homme to the exploitation of the globe by industry. ["Quarterly Review," April & July 1831]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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