Definition of exploitative in US English:

exploitative

(also exploitive)

adjective

  • Making use of a situation or treating others unfairly in order to gain an advantage or benefit.

    ‘an exploitative form of labor’
    • ‘Some teacher-exchange advocates consider any recruitment situation that forces applicants to go into debt to be exploitive.’
    • ‘At first blush, the situation appears exploitive.’
    • ‘Contracts such as the one signed by the band may have been exploitative and unfair, but, unfortunately, they were all too common at the time.’
    • ‘Should the aim be to seize political power in order to further social reform, or should political power be destroyed as exploitative and evil in itself?’
    • ‘Whilst I wouldn't call the documentary dishonest, I would call it exploitative.’
    • ‘They need to be there to protect workers from exploitative situations and to represent their interests.’
    • ‘They are the same as those most vulnerable to exploitative child labour in general - children from the poorest families who have had little education.’
    • ‘But it's important to realize that exploitative companies do not gain their stranglehold accidentally.’
    • ‘It is not exploitative, however, for someone to benefit from employing others if this works to the maximal benefit of the least well off.’
    • ‘The yogi forsakes stealing, lying, cheating, killing, and other exploitative and self-gratifying behaviours.’
    • ‘The details suggested a mean streak, an exploitive nature, a sloppy greediness, none of which seemed especially pleasant, let alone presidential.’
    • ‘This created a bad image of the private sector in the minds of the people and most of the population viewed capitalism as some corrupt exploitative philosophy.’
    • ‘At the end of the day, doctoral students are in a relatively powerless position within academic institutions and potentially exploitative situations can arise.’
    • ‘The main issue is plant closures, as the auto industry moves to take advantage of more exploitative conditions in other regions.’
    • ‘Smaller individuals will hence be at a competitive advantage with respect to exploitative competition.’
    • ‘By crashing popular culture with trashy, exploitative entertainment we will gain visibility, have fun, and scare people, which is always a good thing.’
    • ‘Using corrupt means and intensely exploitative labour practices, they build up their own capital.’
    • ‘On what grounds might we justify interfering with consensual and mutually advantageous exploitative transactions?’
    • ‘Is it just the slurs and condescension that make the situation exploitive or am I missing something?’
    • ‘The confederation calls child domestic servitude, ‘One of the most exploitative forms of child labour’.’
    unprincipled, unethical, immoral, amoral, conscienceless, untrustworthy, shameless, reprobate, corrupt, corrupted, dishonest, fraudulent, cheating, dishonourable, deceitful, devious, underhand, guileful, cunning, furtive, sly, wrongdoing, unsavoury, disreputable, improper, bad, evil, wicked, villainous, roguish, sinful, ignoble, degenerate, venal
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Pronunciation

exploitative

/ekˈsploidədiv/