[ ik-sploi-tuh-tiv ]
/ ɪkˈsplɔɪ tə tɪv /
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/.
Related formsex·ploit·a·tive·ly, adverb
Definition for exploitive (2 of 2)
[ verb ik-sploit; noun eks-ploit, ik-sploit ]
/ verb ɪkˈsplɔɪt; noun ˈɛks plɔɪt, ɪkˈsplɔɪt /
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.
- a flaw in hardware or software that is vulnerable to hacking or other cyberattacks.
- 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.
Origin of exploit2
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
ex·ploit·a·ble, adjectiveex·ploit·a·bil·i·ty, nounex·ploit·a·tive, ex·ploit·a·to·ry [ik-sploi-tuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ɪkˈsplɔɪ təˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/, ex·ploit·ive, adjectiveex·ploit·er, noun
half-ex·ploit·ed, adjectivenon·ex·ploit·a·ble, adjectivenon·ex·ploit·a·tive, adjectivenon·ex·ploi·tive, adjectiveself-ex·ploit·ed, adjectiveself-ex·ploit·ing, adjectiveun·ex·ploit·a·ble, adjectiveun·ex·ploit·a·tive, adjectiveun·ex·ploit·ed, adjectiveun·ex·ploit·ive, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for exploitive
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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