[tak-sey-shuh n]


the act of taxing.
the fact of being taxed.
a tax imposed.
the revenue raised by taxes.

Origin of taxation

1250–1300; < Medieval Latin taxātiōn- (stem of taxātiō) an appraising (see tax, -ation); replacing Middle English taxacioun < Anglo-French < Medieval Latin, as above
Related formstax·a·tion·al, adjectivean·ti·tax·a·tion, adjectivenon·tax·a·tion, nounpro·tax·a·tion, adjectivere·tax·a·tion, nounself-tax·a·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for taxation

duty, tariff, tax, assessment

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British Dictionary definitions for taxation



the act or principle of levying taxes or the condition of being taxed
  1. an amount assessed as tax
  2. a tax rate
revenue from taxes
Derived Formstaxational, adjective
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Word Origin and History for taxation

early 14c., "imposition of taxes," from Anglo-French taxacioun, Old French taxacion, from Latin taxationem (nominative taxatio), noun of action from past participle stem of taxare (see tax (v.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

taxation in Culture


A government's practice of collecting money from citizens and businesses within its domain to support its operations.

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