What does exploitation mean?

Definitions for exploitation
ˌɛk splɔɪˈteɪ ʃənex·ploita·tion

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word exploitation.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. exploitation, developmentnoun

    the act of making some area of land or water more profitable or productive or useful

    "the development of Alaskan resources"; "the exploitation of copper deposits"

  2. exploitation, victimization, victimisation, usingnoun

    an act that exploits or victimizes someone (treats them unfairly)

    "capitalistic exploitation of the working class"; "paying Blacks less and charging them more is a form of victimization"


  1. exploitationnoun

    The act of exploiting or utilizing.

  2. Etymology: exploitation


  1. exploitation

    Exploitation refers to the act of unjustly using something or someone for one's own advantage or benefit, often without giving fair return. This could refer to natural resources, individuals, consumer behavior, labor conditions, inequalities, among others, and usually involves an imbalance of power and misuse of it.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Exploitationnoun

    the act of exploiting or utilizing

  2. Etymology: [F.]


  1. Exploitation

    This article discusses the term exploitation in the meaning of using something in an unjust or cruel manner.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. exploitation

    1. Taking full advantage of success in military operations, following up initial gains, and making permanent the temporary effects already achieved. 2. Taking full advantage of any information that has come to hand for tactical, operational, or strategic purposes. 3. An offensive operation that usually follows a successful attack and is designed to disorganize the enemy in depth. See also attack; pursuit.

Editors Contribution

  1. Exploitation

    Using a person or situation to benefit personally from.

    Foster homes in the beginning were exploiting the children.

    Submitted by anonymous on August 19, 2019  

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  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'exploitation' in Nouns Frequency: #2539

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of exploitation in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of exploitation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of exploitation in a Sentence

  1. Nandita Baruah:

    Their ability to pay is very limited and indebtedness makes them more vulnerable to exploitation, their desperation makes them take greater risks, such as sending their children away for what they think are better lives, or even selling their kidneys.

  2. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez:

    Anything is possible, today was the day a group of dedicated, everyday New Yorkers their neighbors defeated Amazon's corporate greed, its worker exploitation, and the power of the richest man in the world.

  3. Anna Flora Werneck:

    Truck drivers weren't seeing children as children, there was an unawareness about sexual exploitation as a serious violation of child rights.

  4. Mahmoud Rashid:

    When someone looks at an article that's anti-Islamic or a video that shows a grooming gang( a group who takes advantage of vulnerable young people, often for sexual exploitation) what happens is that automatically it's' Muslims are doing this,' if there's a constant bombardment of messages that Islam is evil.

  5. Paula Barrios:

    (It) is the first time a national court has recognized and established state troops were responsible for subjecting women, the majority indigenous women in this case, to sexual slavery and exploitation and that sexual violence was used as a weapon of war, this ruling sets a very important example and precedent for criminal proceedings and convictions involving sexual violence in conflict that's not only relevant for Guatemala but other countries like Colombia in armed conflict.

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