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exaction

[ig-zak-shuh n] /ɪgˈzæk ʃən/
noun
1.
the act of exacting; extortion:
the exactions of usury.
2.
an amount or sum exacted.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English exactioun < Latin exāctiōn- (stem of exāctiō) a demanding. See exact, -ion
Related forms
nonexaction, noun
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  • Nor will she dwindle into marriage without an exaction at every step.
  • The school board must hold a noticed public hearing prior to adopting or increasing a development exaction.
British Dictionary definitions for exaction

exaction

/ɪɡˈzækʃən/
noun
1.
the act or an instance of exacting, esp money
2.
an excessive or harsh demand, esp for money; extortion
3.
a sum or payment exacted
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Word Origin and History for exaction
n.

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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