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Definition of exploitation noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1(disapproving) a situation in which someone treats someone 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
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