[ ig-zak-shuhn ]
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  1. the act of exacting; extortion: the exactions of usury.

  2. an amount or sum exacted.

Origin of exaction

1350–1400; Middle English exactioun<Latin exāctiōn- (stem of exāctiō) a demanding. See exact, -ion

Other words from exaction

  • non·ex·ac·tion, noun

Words Nearby exaction

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How to use exaction in a sentence

  • By statute and order the Central Authority had authorised compulsory detention for four hours and the exaction of a task of work.

  • The violent altercation witnessed by Clameran's new valet, Joseph Dubois, had been caused by the exaction of this promise.

    File No. 113 | Emile Gaboriau
  • But the stern customs of his people had made too severe an exaction of the feeble old man.

    The Last of the Mohicans | James Fenimore Cooper
  • How can he be fed, clothed, and warmed without the State making its existence felt by the exaction of a tithe?

    The Surprises of Life | Georges Clemenceau
  • The allies no sooner obtained possession of central Europe than they outdid its recent master in every species of exaction.

    The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte | William Milligan Sloane

British Dictionary definitions for exaction


/ (ɪɡˈzækʃən) /

  1. the act or an instance of exacting, esp money

  2. an excessive or harsh demand, esp for money; extortion

  1. a sum or payment exacted

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