Definition of exploitation in English:



  • 1mass noun The action or fact of treating someone unfairly in order to benefit from their work.

    ‘the exploitation of migrant workers’
    • ‘In fact, many universities directly profit from the exploitation of the women and men around the globe who make the clothes that bear their logo.’
    • ‘This is a situation of gross exploitation of workers by businesses and their political mouthpieces.’
    • ‘In the anti-capitalist movement there is a tendency to argue that capitalism is simply a system of exploitation and oppression, and that nothing good has ever come out of it.’
    • ‘Contrary to today's popular mythology about our past, slavery and exploitation were not taboo subjects then.’
    • ‘In West Africa, the chocolate industry benefits from the exploitation of child workers in cocoa fields.’
    • ‘Their focus was more on reaping benefits from the exploitation of African labor.’
    • ‘Many are drawing the conclusion that the oppression and exploitation they face are a result of the system itself.’
    • ‘Along with exploitation, enslavement also bred intimacy, mutuality, and reciprocal dependency.’
    • ‘However, according to Diana, many women do not wish to report their exploitation for fear of the potential consequences.’
    • ‘There is no one perfect solution to the complex problem of mass exploitation and oppression within the worldwide sex industry.’
    • ‘They demand that the State dedicate more resources to the protection of immigrant workers from exploitation.’
    • ‘These colonial machinations resulted in mass poverty, exploitation and oppression as the basic facts of life for the African.’
    • ‘The easy way to put it would be that non-consensual oppression and exploitation is bad, consensual good.’
    • ‘We might describe feminism as a political project to understand and, therefore, to change women's inequality, exploitation, or oppression.’
    • ‘She will not be making an anniversary cake to remember this fight against women's oppression and exploitation.’
    • ‘The hotel industry has thrived on maintaining low pay through the exploitation of cheap immigrant labor, and the situation in Minneapolis is no different.’
    • ‘We want to end exploitation, oppression, injustice, inequality, poverty, hunger and violence.’
    • ‘We want to publicise the struggles of those who are organising against oppression and exploitation.’
    • ‘Worker exploitation and unfair wages are no laughing matter.’
    • ‘But it hasn't eliminated the fact of class exploitation.’
    taking advantage, making use, abuse of, misuse, ill treatment, unfair treatment, bleeding dry, sucking dry, squeezing, wringing
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  • 2The action of making use of and benefiting from resources.

    ‘the Bronze Age saw exploitation of gold deposits’
    • ‘Neither did they have the support of leaders from underdeveloped countries, who benefit from the exploitation of resources and labor in their own countries.’
    • ‘Experts have been speaking against the importing of grown trees for some time, blaming the practice for the exploitation rural natural resources.’
    • ‘There is a need also to move away from a wealth creation approach based on the exploitation of natural resources.’
    • ‘Instead, agriculture will be benefited by improved exploitation of the available water before crops are subjected to severe drought.’
    • ‘There is much profit to be extracted from the ‘reconstruction’ program but the really big money is in the exploitation of oil resources.’
    • ‘In Congo, a new report into the exploitation of diamonds, gold and the rare ore, coltan, which is used in mobile phones, is due to be published soon.’
    • ‘However, the exploitation of energy resources has been slow due to a shortage of capital and domestic political constraints.’
    • ‘The president is committed to the exploitation of energy resources in wilderness that just happens to be under the protection of the previous president's directives.’
    • ‘Four main components indicate repeated use of this location as a seasonally occupied camp for the exploitation of riverine resources.’
    • ‘Industrial development and the exploitation of resources left many parts of the Empire more economically self-sufficient than before.’
    • ‘The comuneros, the men who are entitled to benefit from forest exploitation, are expected to fight forest fires when necessary.’
    • ‘The agreement regulates the exploitation of water resources shared by Namibia and Angola.’
    • ‘The foremost weakness in the exploitation of timber resources in Zambia has been the absence of capacity to add value to the product.’
    • ‘The drilling of new wells to provide water to settlements in the West Bank and Gaza involves the exploitation of previously untapped resources.’
    • ‘For the first time, specific measures would be put in place to ensure that communities benefit directly from the exploitation of mineral resources.’
    • ‘Here, we are concerned with the exploitation of renewing resources by groups of foragers.’
    • ‘Currently, I think, we put a lot of emphasis on the exploitation of natural resources.’
    • ‘Crippling debt repayments and the external exploitation of natural resources have channelled money out of countries that were never wealthy in the first place.’
    • ‘Not only the water but fish, sand and shorelines become subject to licensed exploitation, only those with cash or bribes can use them.’
    • ‘Sustainable development offers us a unifying concept for the exploitation of natural resources and the integration of environment and development.’
    utilization, utilizing, use, making use of, putting to use, making the most of, capitalization on
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    1. 2.1 The fact of making use of a situation to gain unfair advantage for oneself.
      ‘the Government's exploitation of the fear of crime’
      • ‘I had a fear of any exploitation of the situation for the sake of writing a poem, the getting of a reputation as a poet on the back of somebody else's suffering.’
      • ‘The exploitation of patriotic sentiment for private gain is hardly new.’
      • ‘Sensing that the left side of his defence was ripe for exploitation, they twice almost benefited from smart moves in this area of the pitch early on.’
      • ‘It is a move, a maneuver or a style of play that is based on an exploitation of small advantages.’
      • ‘Democracy is inconsistent with the official exploitation of fear and anxiety.’
      • ‘The problem though is that it's not a spoof or a joke but rather the exploitation of academic qualification for personal gain.’
      • ‘In the examples that I've browsed through, the exploitation of an advantage can only be achieved, if at all, by the most precise play.’
      • ‘Strong, bold leadership is essential to bring a halt to the exploitation of fear of change.’
      • ‘But this is less about love than about fear and the exploitation of it.’
      • ‘Our campaign was conducted without resorting to smear, ridicule or the exploitation of the current political situation.’
      • ‘Now, have you seen evidence in the campaign so far of the exploitation of fear?’
      • ‘While anti-gun legislators and the liberal media praised the report, its exploitation of fear was not lost on others.’
      • ‘In each case, however, free trade generally facilitates the full exploitation of these advantages.’
      taking advantage, making use, abuse of, misuse, ill treatment, unfair treatment, bleeding dry, sucking dry, squeezing, wringing
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