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 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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  • Other exploitative human activity based in utilitarianism is not crass or all so obviously wrong, especially in today's context.

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