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exploitative

[ ik-sploi-tuh-tiv ]
/ ɪkˈsplɔɪ tə tɪv /
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adjective

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.

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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

OTHER WORDS FROM exploitative

ex·ploit·a·tive·ly, adverb
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