ex·​ac·​tion | \ ig-ˈzak-shən How to pronounce exaction (audio) \

Definition of exaction

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

First Known Use of exaction

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for 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 exact entry 1

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