exploit

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[verb ik-sploit; noun eks-ploit, ik-sploit]

verb (used with object)

to utilize, especially for profit; turn to practical account: to exploit a business opportunity.
to use selfishly for one's own ends: employers who exploit their workers.
to advance or further through exploitation; promote: He exploited his new movie through a series of guest appearances.

noun Digital Technology.

  1. a flaw in hardware or software that is vulnerable to hacking or other cyberattacks.
  2. a piece of software that takes advantage of such a flaw to compromise a computer system or network.
(in a video game) the use of a bug or flaw in game design to a player’s advantage or to the disadvantage of other players.

Nearby words

  1. explicitly,
  2. explode,
  3. exploded view,
  4. explodent,
  5. exploding star,
  6. exploitable,
  7. exploitation,
  8. exploitation film,
  9. exploitative,
  10. exploiter

Origin of exploit

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1375–1425; < French exploiter, derivative of exploit (noun); replacing late Middle English expleiten “to achieve,” from Anglo-French, Middle French espleiter, espleitier derivative of espleit, esploit (noun). See exploit1

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Examples from the Web for exploitable

  • For them the earth is not an exploitable ground but the living mother.

    Ulysses|James Joyce
  • Machine production in its opening phases, demanded large, concentrated and exploitable populations.

  • They are susceptible, exploitable, hysterical, non-resistant to external suggestion.

  • The friendless, exploitable alien by his presence tends to corrupt our laws and practices respecting labor.

    The Old World in the New|Edward Alsworth Ross


British Dictionary definitions for exploitable

exploit

noun (ˈɛksplɔɪt)

a notable deed or feat, esp one that is noble or heroic

verb (ɪkˈsplɔɪt) (tr)

to take advantage of (a person, situation, etc), esp unethically or unjustly for one's own ends
to make the best use ofto exploit natural resources
Derived Formsexploitable, adjectiveexploitation, nounexploitive or exploitative, adjective

Word Origin for exploit

C14: from Old French: accomplishment, from Latin explicitum (something) unfolded, from explicāre to explicate

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Word Origin and History for exploitable
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