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exaction

Line breaks: exac|tion
Pronunciation: /ɪɡˈzakʃ(ə)n
 
, ɛɡ-/

Definition of exaction in English:

noun

[mass noun] formal
1The action of demanding and obtaining something from someone, especially a payment: he supervised the exaction of tolls at various ports
More example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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

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