Definition of exploitation noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌeksplɔɪˈteɪʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌeksplɔɪˈteɪʃn//
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  1. 1(disapproving) a situation in which somebody treats somebody else in an unfair way, especially in order to make money from their work the exploitation of children Starvation and poverty are the result of global economic exploitation, not lack of resources.
  2. 2the use of land, oil, minerals, etc. commercial exploitation of the mineral resources in Antarctica
  3. 3(disapproving) the fact of using a situation in order to get an advantage for yourself exploitation of the situation for his own purposes
  4. Extra examples Migrant workers are vulnerable to exploitation. The party’s avowed aim was to struggle against capitalist exploitation. Turtles are increasingly threatened by human exploitation. her ruthless exploitation of popular fear societies based on the exploitation of slaves the direct exploitation of natural forests his exploitation of the situation for his own purposes
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