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[im-pawr-tey-shuh n, -pohr-] /ˌɪm pɔrˈteɪ ʃən, -poʊr-/
the act of importing.
something imported.
1595-1605; import + -ation
Related forms
overimportation, noun
preimportation, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for importation
  • Laws about importation need to be strengthened as do laws in the countries of origin regulating wild-capture for any purpose.
  • If it were even to take pains to prevent their importation, it would not be able to effectuate it.
  • Here is a great house whose sole vocation is the importation of caviar for barter here.
  • So much land was being taken out of food production to grow qat that the importation of food was required.
  • The cleverest bit of the scam is that re-importation ceases to qualify as a criminal offence if it is done in small enough loads.
  • Given our own abhorrence toward importation from any countries of drugs, one would presume some empathic understanding.
  • It is the importation of show-biz values as the ruling values everywhere.
  • It was also my impression that there was a ban on importation of tropical birds and exotic, endangered animals.
  • Several years ago, the government froze production and/or importation of all machine guns.
  • Thanks to him, the importation of foreign cars went from a trickle to a torrent.
British Dictionary definitions for importation


the act, business, or process of importing goods or services
an imported product or service
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Word Origin and History for importation

c.1600; see import (v.) + -ation.

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