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English definition of “exploitation”

exploitation

noun [U] uk   /ˌek.splɔɪˈteɪ.ʃən/ us  

exploitation noun [U] (GOOD USE)

the use of something in order to get an advantage from it: Britain's exploitation of its natural gas reserves began after the Second World War.

exploitation noun [U] (UNFAIR USE)

the act of using someone unfairly for your own advantage: Marx wrote about the exploitation of the workers.
(Definition of exploitation from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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