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English noun: exploitation

1. exploitation (act) the act of making some area of land or water more profitable or productive or useful

SamplesThe development of Alaskan resources.
The exploitation of copper deposits.


Broader (hypernym)employment, exercise, usage, use, utilisation, utilization

Narrower (hyponym)capitalisation, capitalization, commercialisation, commercialization, electrification, land development, overexploitation, overuse, overutilisation, overutilization, unitisation, unitization, water development, water program, water project

2. exploitation (act) an act that exploits or victimizes someone (treats them unfairly)

SamplesCapitalistic exploitation of the working class.
Paying Blacks less and charging them more is a form of victimization.

Synonymsusing, victimisation, victimization

Broader (hypernym)mistreatment

Narrower (hyponym)blaxploitation, colonialism, sexploitation

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