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  • adj. In the nature of exploitation; acting to exploit someone or something
  • adj. Of or relating to exploitation.
  • adj. Wherein one organism reduces a resource to the point of affecting other organisms.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Serving for or used in exploitation: as, exploitative industry.

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

  • adj. tending to exploit or make use of


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exploitation +‎ -ive


  • Mandela said although farm killings could in no way be justified, some of them were motivated by revenge, resulting from what he described as exploitative employment conditions or racial discrimination.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • Violence and the threat of violence sustain exploitative hierarchies, and also overturn them.

    Writer Unboxed » Blog Archive » AUTHOR INTERVIEW: Sarah Micklem, Part Two

  • Several of my colleagues and friends hold less than glowing opinions of his work, some of it described as exploitative or racist, other times simplistic and/or outright boring nevertheless, the derisive name Rescue Yawn is an unforgivable attempt at wit that should result in a temporary loss of speaking privileges.

    Bad Journalism: Pet Peeves of a Film Critic (and Other Cinematic Thoughts)

  • While some exploitative transactions are harmful to the exploitee, we often call exploitative cases in which the exploitee seems to gain from the transaction.


  • The conditions under which these boys are playing seem to be pretty exploitative, which is the early focus of the piece, but as is often the case with these situations the background conditions that make the exploitation possible are also very bad.

    Matthew Yglesias » The Sudanese Recruits

  • "The most common types of work done by South African children are: fetching wood or water, followed by farm work - which can be classified as exploitative work if it prevents the children from attending school."

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • So could it be described as exploitative in the same way as porn mags where the models are first and foremost "glamour" models?

    The Guardian World News

  • "In our view, the proposed offence has the potential to put women into more exploitative or unsafe situations, may not address the problem which the offence aims to target (namely exploitative prostitution) and may discourage reporting of such prostitution."

    Epolitix News

  • His talent shows have been called exploitative and trashy, and many viewers find him intolerably smug. news, business, sport, the Daily Telegraph newspaper, Sunday Telegraph

  • Like the film's character with that nickname, the 24-year-old hails from the tiny, impoverished Dominican town of S.n Pedro de Macoris, grew up playing baseball, and dreamed of one day reaching the major leagues and living large in the U.S. Akin to his character, Mr. saw firsthand the consequences of his peers 'surrendering their lives to the game: substandard education, unfulfilled goals -- and pro teams' attitudes, which have often been called exploitative, toward their Dominican prospects.

    A Baseball Saga's Rookie Star


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