[ ig-zak-shuh n ]
/ ɪgˈzæk ʃən /


the act of exacting; extortion: the exactions of usury.
an amount or sum exacted.

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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British Dictionary definitions for exaction


/ (ɪɡˈzækʃən) /


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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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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