Definition of exploitation in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌekˌsploiˈtāSH(ə)n/


1The action or fact of treating someone unfairly in order to benefit from their work: the exploitation of migrant workers
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  • But it hasn't eliminated the fact of class exploitation.
  • Contrary to today's popular mythology about our past, slavery and exploitation were not taboo subjects then.
  • We want to end exploitation, oppression, injustice, inequality, poverty, hunger and violence.
2The action of making use of and benefiting from resources: the Bronze Age saw exploitation of gold deposits
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  • Neither did they have the support of leaders from underdeveloped countries, who benefit from the exploitation of resources and labor in their own countries.
  • For the first time, specific measures would be put in place to ensure that communities benefit directly from the exploitation of mineral resources.
  • The agreement regulates the exploitation of water resources shared by Namibia and Angola.
utilization, use, making use of, making the most of, capitalization on
informal cashing in on
2.1The fact of making use of a situation to gain unfair advantage for oneself: this administration’s exploitation of the fear of crime
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  • Our campaign was conducted without resorting to smear, ridicule or the exploitation of the current political situation.
  • In each case, however, free trade generally facilitates the full exploitation of these advantages.
  • In the examples that I've browsed through, the exploitation of an advantage can only be achieved, if at all, by the most precise play.

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Syllabification: ex·ploi·ta·tion

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