Exploit verb \ik-ˈsploit, ˈek-ˌ\
a: to make productive use of : utilize <exploiting your talents> <exploit your opponent’s weakness>
b: to make use of meanly or unfairly for one’s own advantage <exploiting migrant farm workers>
“He became, for us, a thing to be avoided, outsmarted, and exploited.”
The Shawl paragraph 11
Initially I thought of exploited as a noun and it didn’t make much sense since the other two words were verbs. The father was a thing for that was to be avoided, outsmarted and utilized.