Ex·ploi·ta·tion n. The act of exploiting or utilizing.
n 1: the act of making some area of land or water more profitable
or productive or useful; "the development of Alaskan
resources"; "the exploitation of copper deposits" [syn:
2: an act that exploits or victimizes someone (treats them
unfairly); "capitalistic exploitation of the working
class"; "paying Blacks less and charging them more is a
form of victimization" [syn: victimization, victimisation,