Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act of employing to the greatest possible advantage: exploitation of copper deposits.
  • n. Utilization of another person or group for selfish purposes: exploitation of unwary consumers.
  • n. An advertising or a publicity program.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of exploiting or utilizing.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of exploiting or utilizing.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act or process of exploiting, making use of, or working up; utilization by the application of industry, argument, or other means of turning to account: as, the exploitation of a mine or a forest, of public opinion, etc.
  • n. Specifically The act of exploiting solely for one's own purposes or advantage; selfish use or employment, regardless of abstract right; self-seeking utilization: as, the exploitation of the weak by the strong, or of the laborer by the capitalist. Also exploitage.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the act of making some area of land or water more profitable or productive or useful
  • n. an act that exploits or victimizes someone (treats them unfairly)

Etymologies

French exploitation (Wiktionary)

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