- use or utilization, especially for profit: the exploitation of newly discovered oil fields.
- selfish utilization: He got ahead through the exploitation of his friends.
- the combined, often varied, use of public-relations and advertising techniques to promote a person, movie, product, etc.
Origin of exploitation
Examples from the Web for exploitation
Exploitation of trafficking victims may be most acute in conflict and adjoining regions, but it is not confined to these areas.ISIS, Boko Haram, and the Growing Role of Human Trafficking in 21st Century Terrorism
Louise I. Shelley
December 26, 2014
She is rootless and stateless, having little in the way of rights or protection from exploitation.The Young Girls Escaping the ISIS War
September 16, 2014
The 1978 movie Coma explored deep-rooted fears about exploitation and medical advances in organ donation.‘Persecuted’ Is the Christian Right’s Paranoid Wet Dream
July 22, 2014
Naina is now a community mobilizer, helping other girls break the cycle of exploitation.Lucy Liu: Child Trafficking Must End Now
June 26, 2014
Exploitation from well-meaning agencies whose mission is to offer help is counterproductive.Breaking: Grindr-ing Leads to Gonorrhea
June 12, 2014
Real philanthropy is as inconsistent with exploitation as with cannibalism.
But, as we have seen, exploitation is an institution of men, not of nature.
The child should not be allowed to become an object for exploitation by its parents.The Sexual Question
Mr. Kron continued his exploitation of the combination calendar and beauty-box.Mary-'Gusta
Joseph C. Lincoln
And John came, and paid for his exploitation of genius heavily.Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete
Albert Bigelow Paine
Word Origin and History for exploitation
1803, "productive working" of something, a positive word among those who used it first, though regarded as a Gallicism, from French exploitation, noun of action from exploiter (see exploit (v.)). Bad sense developed 1830s-50s, in part from influence of French socialist writings (especially Saint Simon), also perhaps influenced by U.S. anti-slavery writing; and the insulting word was hurled at activities it once had crowned as praise.
It follows from this science [conceived by Saint Simon] that the tendency of the human race is from a state of antagonism to that of an universal peaceful association -- from the dominating influence of the military spirit to that of the industriel one; from what they call l'exploitation de l'homme par l'homme to the exploitation of the globe by industry. ["Quarterly Review," April & July 1831]