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exploitative

[ik-sploi-tuh-tiv] /ɪkˈsplɔɪ tə tɪv/
adjective
1.
taking unfair or unethical advantage of a person, group, or situation for the purpose of profit, comfort, or advancement:
Her success attracted too many exploitative relatives to count.
Also, exploitive [ik-sploi-tiv] /ɪkˈsplɔɪ tɪv/ (Show IPA).
Sometimes, exploitatory
[ik-sploi-tuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ɪkˈsplɔɪ təˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ (Show IPA)
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Origin of exploitative
1890-1895
First recorded in 1890-95; exploit2 + -ative
Related forms
exploitatively, adverb
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  • Other exploitative human activity based in utilitarianism is not crass or all so obviously wrong, especially in today's context.

    The Nation's River United States Department of the Interior

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