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.

Nearby words

  1. exploding star,
  2. exploit,
  3. exploitable,
  4. exploitation,
  5. exploitation film,
  6. exploiter,
  7. exploits,
  8. exploration,
  9. explorationist,
  10. exploratory

Also ex·ploit·ive [ik-sploi-tiv] /ɪkˈsplɔɪ tɪv/. Sometimes ex·ploit·a·to·ry [ik-sploi-tuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ɪkˈsplɔɪ təˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/.

Origin of exploitative

First recorded in 1890–95; exploit2 + -ative

Related formsex·ploit·a·tive·ly, adverb

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