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 (ĕk′sploit′, ĭk-sploit′)
1. An act or deed, especially a brilliant or heroic one. See Synonyms at feat1.
2. Computers A program or system designed to take advantage of a particular error or security vulnerability in computers or networks.
tr.v. (ĭk-sploit′, ĕk′sploit′) ex·ploit·ed, ex·ploit·ing, ex·ploits
1. To employ to the greatest possible advantage: exploit one's talents.
2. To make use of selfishly or unethically: a corporation that exploited peasant labor.

[Middle English, from Old French esploit, from Latin explicitum, neuter past participle of explicāre, to unfold; see explicate.]

ex·ploit′a·bil′i·ty n.
ex·ploit′a·ble adj.
ex·ploit′a·tive, ex·ploit′ive adj.
ex·ploit′a·tive·ly, ex·ploit′ive·ly adv.
ex·ploit′er n.


in an exploitative manner
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We're not trying to be willfully assaultive or exploitatively shock people, but there's nothing here or in the disturbing novel that isn't happening right now, somewhere around the world: People are being detained without trial, tortured and executed," Macmillan said.
An apprenticeship system bore more heavily and more exploitatively on the families of freed people, even when parents were still living, but the demarcations were often fuzzy ones, with white children bound out for unfree labor and some black children finding in apprenticeship the protection or sense of connection otherwise lacking.
The industry as a whole is not acting in bad faith or exploitatively, but I do think there are some members of the pharmaceutical industry that are making bad commercial decisions, and they should consider the public interest and, frankly, their own public relations," says Michael Barnes, executive director for the Center for Lawful Access and Abuse Deterrence (CLAAD).
he does not respond (Greif 135); when Alison Wong raised objections to the exploitatively exotic titles and cover images suggested by the publishers of her novel, she is accused of "being difficult" and compelled to accept what she considers to be inappropriately exotic alternatives (Alison Wong, Interview).
The approach was twofold: a minimum wage was established so workers could earn livable wages, and overtime pay was mandated to help guard against exploitatively long work hours.
If Bayonetta 2 falls down anywhere it's with the exploitatively sexualised nature of its heroine, while the attempts at humour often feel juvenile.
However, some film buffs would prefer that their pet motion pictures don't play "the medical card," because that's too facile a play to get viewers' tears to fall torrentiallyand to strum exploitatively those hammy heartstrings
This becomes all the more apparent in a grisly sequence exploitatively modeled on the Manson Family's Tate-LaBianca murders, in which the deranged, Satan-worshiping hippie daughter of Mia and John's next-door neighbors violently attacks the couple in their home (with like-minded hippie boyfriend in tow), resulting in a kitchen knife being plunged into Mia's bulging belly.
Now, however, "Dodd-Frank has had major impact in eastern Congo by making it much less economically viable for illegal armed groups and the army to exploitatively mine 3 out of the 4 major conflict minerals," Enough's Field Researcher Fidel Bafilemba says.
In other words, as with dishonesty itself, (134) one need not know or believe that one is acting exploitatively in order to act exploitatively.
Past studies show that when power is not used exploitatively or coercively, there is an overall improvement in relationships (Crook & Combs, 2007; Frazier & Summers, 1986; Jonsson & Zineldin, 2003; Maloni & Benton, 2000).
When it comes to exploitatively sentimental works like the movie Life Is Beautiful, the appeal of a child-centered story can seem cynical: The suffering of the innocent is a surefire way of delivering an emotional charge.