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Meaning of exploitation

ex•ploi•ta•tion

Pronunciation: (ek"sploi-tā'shun), [key]
— n.
  1. use or utilization, esp. for profit: the exploitation of newly discovered oil fields.
  2. selfish utilization: He got ahead through the exploitation of his friends.
  3. the combined, often varied, use of public-relations and advertising techniques to promote a person, movie, product, etc.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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