ex·​por·​ta·​tion | \ ˌek-ˌspȯr-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce exportation (audio) , -spər-\

Definition of exportation

: the act of exporting also : a commodity exported

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Offences against the law relating to the control of exportation or importation of goods of any type, or the international transfer of funds. Mary Hui, Quartz, "These are all the crimes Hong Kong is considering extraditing people for under a new law," 7 June 2019 Toomey had previously called on the Obama administration to put pressure on China to stop the production of fentanyl and block its exportation, according to the Times Online. Alexandria Hein, Fox News, "China's fentanyl exports targeted in bipartisan opioid bill," 24 Sep. 2018 Last year, Israeli lawmakers approved new measures to allow for the international export of cannabis, with some reports saying that the state could earn up to $4 billion annually in revenue from its exportation. Jewish Journal, "Israeli lawmakers are set to decriminalize use of cannabis," 10 July 2018 The number taken out of the country surged in the late 1920s, just before the Iranian government outlawed their exportation. James C. Mckinley Jr., New York Times, "Ancient Limestone Relief Is Seized at European Art Fair," 29 Oct. 2017 The cold war being waged across the DMZ on the Korean Peninsula remains, in may ways, a proxy between the U.S. and the People’s Republic, which have long been engaged in skirmishes over I.P. theft, price undercutting, and job exportation. Tina Nguyen, vanityfair.com, "Bannon Lays Groundwork for Economic War in China," 28 Sep. 2017 Saudi exportation of Salafism, although somewhat slower and less radical of late, is one reason the Islamist war against the West could become a much more serious conflict. Max Singer, WSJ, "How the Saudis Can Promote Moderate Islam," 3 Aug. 2017 Topics are expected to include the customs hurdles facing Chinese companies that sell goods to the United States and the exportation of American natural gas products to China. Kate Kelly, New York Times, "U.S. and Chinese Executives to Meet on Nations’ Economic Relations," 17 July 2017 In an epilogue, Hoock makes the wise point that, given what wars of national liberation are actually like, Americans should perhaps be disabused of our enthusiasm for nation-building and democracy exportation. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, "We Could Have Been Canada," 15 May 2017

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First Known Use of exportation

1601, in the meaning defined above

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