Definition of exaction in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɪɡˈzakʃ(ə)n/
Pronunciation: /ɛɡˈzakʃ(ə)n/


[mass noun] formal
1The action of demanding and obtaining something from someone, especially a payment: he supervised the exaction of tolls at various ports
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  • His armpits start smelling of meat; he becomes an urban caveman, forever subjecting Russia to ‘the detailed exaction of his connubial rights’.
  • However, the abuses that most affect ordinary Burmese-the expropriation of land, the conscription of labor, the arbitrary exaction of goods and funds, and the disastrously failing economy-are the products of state failure.
  • Norman ducal revenues were insufficient to meet even the cost of garrisoning its defences and so, to fund Richard's seemingly never-ending wars against Philip, England was subjected to unprecedented levels of financial exaction.
1.1 [count noun] A sum of money exacted from someone: the billions flow in through 28 taxes and countless smaller exactions
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  • Apart from demanding an increase in wages, they demanded that the military stop collecting illegal exactions from the truck drivers at the gates.
  • On his estate, rents were collected, a grace period given if needed, but no other exactions were demanded.
  • Rising tax exactions invariably dampened the spirits of charity.


Late Middle English: from Latin exactio(n-), from exigere 'ascertain, perfect, enforce' (see exact).

Words that rhyme with exaction

abstraction, action, attraction, benefaction, compaction, contraction, counteraction, diffraction, enaction, extraction, faction, fraction, interaction, liquefaction, malefaction, petrifaction, proaction, protraction, putrefaction, redaction, retroaction, satisfaction, stupefaction, subtraction, traction, transaction, tumefaction, vitrifaction

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