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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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.exploitive - tending to exploit or make use of
consumptive - tending to consume or use often wastefully; "water suitable for beneficial consumptive uses"; "duties consumptive of time and energy"; "consumptive fires"
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Such a conclusion holds remarkably traditional gender politics as its core: a non-reproductive sexuality has something wrong with it in Moore's estimation, and Neonomicon corrects these "flaws" by finding fertile ground even in the most exploitively misogynistic plotlines available in the western world.
Although Shulamith Hareven does not describe The Miracle Hater explicitly as a midrash on Exodus, the novella clearly fulfills what she describes as the role of midrash in her essay "What Should we do about Myth?" Arguing that the tendency of politicians to use myth exploitively cannot be combated by rationality and "facts," she suggests that "constant, never-ending midrash is one of the most important ways of overcoming the damage caused by static, sanctified myth:" Perhaps one of the most important things we can impart through education is the sense that all of us are free when it comes to myth, that we all have the freedom of midrash, of interpretation, that myth in our hands is as clay in the hands of the potter.