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

1250–1300; < Medieval Latin taxātiōn- (stem of taxātiō) an appraising (see tax, -ation); replacing Middle English taxacioun < Anglo-French < Medieval Latin, as above

taxational, adjective
antitaxation, adjective
nontaxation, noun
protaxation, adjective
retaxation, noun
self-taxation, noun Unabridged
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taxation (tækˈseɪʃən)
1.  the act or principle of levying taxes or the condition of being taxed
2.  a.  an amount assessed as tax
 b.  a tax rate
3.  revenue from taxes

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taxation definition

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

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imposition of compulsory levies on individuals or entities by governments. Taxes are levied in almost every country of the world, primarily to raise revenue for government expenditures, although they serve other purposes as well.

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Example sentences
Directed taxation funds public works, some of them large-scale.
Too often the discussion of taxation is clouded in a semi-religious ideology as
  apposed to imperial truth.
It can either do so via the marketplace through taxation or through the law
  through regulation.
Governments should be structure taxation to stimulate scientific research.
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