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They exploited but a small area, and with smaller success than either had anticipated.

He had specimens of Lasius niger who exploited a flock of Coleoptera.

Not one half of the businesses which should be exploited are appearing in the newspapers.

Is it his statement of the extent to which labor is exploited, or the fact of the exploitation?

Our gift of love may not be accepted, may not be appreciated, and may even be exploited.

Every antiquaire in London had exploited me to his heart's content.

Society is divided by antagonistic interests; into exploiters and exploited.

In a sense, Rythar was being enslaved and exploited by Earth.

No deposits of domestic chalk have been exploited commercially.

They have exploited our Eastern humanity for sheer gain of power.

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., "outcome of an action," from Old French esploit (12c.), a very common word, used in senses of "action, deed, profit, achievement," from Latin explicitum "a thing settled, ended, displayed," neuter of explicitus, past participle of explicare "unfold" (see explicit).

Meaning "feat, achievement" is c.1400. Sense evolution is from "unfolding" to "bringing out" to "having advantage" to "achievement." Related: Exploits.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR EXPLOITED

commercial

adjectiveintended for financial gain

downtrodden

adjectiveafflicted, abused
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