exploitative exploitative  /ˌɛks ˈplɔ ɪ tə tɪv/


  • (adj) tending to exploit or make use of



  1. There was no shortage of exploitative 911 jingoism this year, but this militainment reality series was as over-the-top as the propaganda scenes from Starship Troopers.
  2. Since the movie's opening on May 10, some critics have called it an exploitative morality tale; others have championed it as thoughtful adult drama.
  3. Some families give children to adults, often relatives, who promise education and opportunity but instead sell the children into exploitative situations for money.


  1. Why the Government Should Be Paying You for Your Information

    Watch Video What if government paid for the information it collected on its citizens? Jaron Lanier, widely regarded as the father of virtual reality and the author of "Who Owns the Future?", suggests that would be one step toward balancing the exploitative nature of the free technology that's making society more unequal. Paul Solman recently sat down with Lanier. You can watch their full ...
    on June 12, 2013     Source: The Online NewsHour

  2. Investigating The Dark Side Of The Internship Economy

    ProPublica is crowdsourcing funds to hire their own intern, and then set their new employee on a quest to expose the exploitation of free young labor in America. Internships are supposed to be about gaining experience and getting your foot in the door. But too often these days the arrangement is simply exploitative: a way for organizations to fill in odd jobs on the cheap. Ross Perlin wrote ...
    on June 10, 2013     Source: Fast Company Magazine


  1. "The new civil penalties are a more effective way of dealing with employers who use slipshod or exploitative recruitment methods," said Home Secretary Jacqui Smith.
    on Nov 23, 2007 By: Jacqui Smith Source: Workpermit.com

  2. Hef, for his part, told Larry King back in May, "I'm not a fan, because I think it's [exploitative], and I don't think he's a very nice guy."
    on Aug 13, 2007 By: Hugh Hefner Source: TMZ.com (blog)

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