exaction

noun ex·ac·tion \ ig-ˈzak-shən \
|Updated on: 12 Jun 2018

Definition of exaction

1 a : the act or process of exacting
b : extortion
2 : something exacted; especially : a fee, reward, or contribution demanded or levied with severity or injustice

Origin and Etymology of exaction

Middle English exaccioun, borrowed from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French exaccion, borrowed from Latin exāctiōn-, exāctiō "driving out, demanding of payment," from exigere "to drive out, enforce payment of or the performance of (a task)" + -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of verbal action — more at 1exact


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