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[ig-zak-shuh n]
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  1. the act of exacting; extortion: the exactions of usury.
  2. an amount or sum exacted.
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Origin of exaction

1350–1400; Middle English exactioun < Latin exāctiōn- (stem of exāctiō) a demanding. See exact, -ion
Related formsnon·ex·ac·tion, noun
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Historical Examples

  • The Indians were triumphant, but not a whit the less inclined to obstinacy and exaction.

    The Scalp Hunters

    Mayne Reid

  • You mean that if he should be—what you ask me about—your exaction would then be modified?

    The Outcry

    Henry James

  • It may be said that the exaction of damages comes to the same thing.

  • That we would leave the seventh year, and the exaction of every debt.

  • Look at Normandy, freed from misrule and exaction, in peace and order.

    The Caged Lion

    Charlotte M. Yonge

British Dictionary definitions for exaction


  1. the act or an instance of exacting, esp money
  2. an excessive or harsh demand, esp for money; extortion
  3. a sum or payment exacted
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Word Origin and History for exaction


late 14c., from French exaction, from Latin exactionem (nominative exactio) "a driving out; supervision; exaction; a tax, tribute, impost," noun of action from past participle stem of exigere (see exact (adj.)).

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