im·​por·​ta·​tion | \ˌim-ˌpȯr-ˈtā-shən, -pər-\

Definition of importation 

1 : the act or practice of importing

2 : something imported

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In the 1760s, American colonists registered their opposition to British taxes by adopting non-importation agreements—boycotts of British goods—that resulted in the quick repeal of the Stamp Act and other tariffs. Adam Kirsch, WSJ, "The Destructive Politics of Pseudo-Boycotts," 7 Sep. 2018 But Haiti’s superheated economy required constant, grinding labor in the plantations — and that meant massive importation of human beings from Africa. Ted Widmer,, "How Haiti saved America," 12 Jan. 2018 Those common elements make them logical places for Amazon to establish big new offices, but also raise importation questions about whether the big new Amazon offices will actually be beneficial to anyone besides Amazon. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "The tragedy of Amazon’s HQ2 selections, explained," 9 Nov. 2018 Automation didn’t cause the middle class to flee California, turn public schools into social-justice encampments instead of institutions of learning or necessitate the importation of an undereducated, economically disadvantaged servant class. WSJ, "Universal Income, Incentives and Well-Being," 28 Oct. 2018 But the internet has made policing child pornography importation a much thornier matter. Shawn Musgrave, The Verge, "How ICE used an obscure rule to pursue the owners of a Korean porn site," 27 Sep. 2018 Perhaps more important, the importation of parts can bolster a shipyard’s ability to deliver an affordable product that meets customers’ specifications. Colin Grabow, WSJ, "The Jones Act Drives America’s Finest Into Exile," 29 Apr. 2018 Instead, prosecutors pursued the charge of importation of an unlicensed firearm, a more serious offense, said Ben Tonner, the Cayman Islands attorney representing Meadors. Juan Ortega,, "Gun charges turn American's Cayman Islands retirement dream into possible prison nightmare," 7 June 2018 After the Fish and Wildlife Service announced a repeal of the ban on the importation of elephant-hunt trophies from Zimbabwe and Zambia, wide public outcry prompted Trump and Ryan Zinke ... to put the repeal on hold until further review. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Trump is supercharging the celebrification of politics," 7 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of importation

circa 1558, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of importation was circa 1558

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English Language Learners Definition of importation

: the act of importing products


im·​por·​ta·​tion | \ˌim-ˌpȯr-ˈtā-shən \

Kids Definition of importation

: the act or practice of bringing into a country importation of goods

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