im·​por·​ta·​tion | \ ˌim-ˌpȯr-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce importation (audio) , -pər- \

Definition of importation

1 : the act or practice of importing
2 : something imported

Examples of importation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Northwest Ordinance, arguably the most significant act to come out of the national government under the Articles of Confederation, proscribed the importation of this odious institution into new states to the north of the Ohio River. Alexander William Salter, National Review, 4 June 2021 Portugal outlawed the importation of slaves in 1761, after its ships had delivered roughly 400,000 Africans in chains to the country. Howard W. French, WSJ, 28 May 2021 Holtzman said the government should also remove barriers that block access to generic versions of drugs, and allow for more legal drug importation from other countries. Kevin Bessler, Washington Examiner, 27 Apr. 2021 There are 14 prescription drug affordability board bills, 24 foreign drug importation bills and 58 bills addressing prescription drug coupons or cost sharing. Markian Hawryluk, Fortune, 24 May 2021 Senate Bill 21-123 builds on legislation passed in 2019 that created the state’s prescription drug importation program with Canada by allowing the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (HCPF) to purchase drugs from other countries. Robert Davis, Washington Examiner, 27 Apr. 2021 Separate legislation surrounding a wholesale importation program did not advance. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 20 Apr. 2021 Polis created the state’s drug importation program in 2019 via Senate Bill 19-005. Robert Davis, Washington Examiner, 9 Mar. 2021 At the Legislature this year, Sen. Carrie Ruud, R-Breezy Point, is pushing her colleagues for law changes that will strengthen Minnesota's bait industry or allow the importation of minnows from suppliers in other states. Tony Kennedy, Star Tribune, 23 Jan. 2021

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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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“Importation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of importation

: the act of importing products


im·​por·​ta·​tion | \ ˌim-ˌpȯr-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce importation (audio) \

Kids Definition of importation

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

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