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Definition of "exaction" [ex•ac•tion]

  • The act of exacting. (noun)
  • Excessive or unjust demand; extortion. (noun)
  • Something exacted. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "exaction" in a sentence
  • "The only other things I would add are that in “Didden” Judge Sotomayor further confused the physical taking with an exaction, which is alarming because it appears, at least to my limited intellect, to sanction extortion by private parties with the same Constitutional rationale as the Supremes have used to sanction what I consider to be extortion by public entities."
  • "Smith was appointed along with Professor Muirhead to go and represent to the Provost that the exaction was a violation of the privileges of the University, and to demand repayment within eight days, under pain of legal proceedings."
  • "[91] Many commentators propose reading "exaction," instead of"