exaction

[ ig-zak-shuhn ]
/ ɪgˈzæk ʃən /

noun

the act of exacting; extortion: the exactions of usury.
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

OTHER WORDS FROM exaction

non·ex·ac·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for exaction

exaction
/ (ɪɡˈzækʃən) /

noun

the act or an instance of exacting, esp money
an excessive or harsh demand, esp for money; extortion
a sum or payment exacted
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