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

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VanderVeer said PhRMA could not speculate on how individual drug companies may react to importation. Shefali Luthra, Washington Post, "In An Effort To Curb Drug Costs, States Advance Bills To Prod Feds On Importation," 16 Feb. 2018 More generics, some limited drug importation, and more negotiating power for Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D plans are all improvements that experts do think could make some difference in drug costs. Dylan Scott, Vox, "The Trump admin has another pretty good, pretty modest plan to lower drug costs," 13 Aug. 2018 Hearing scheduled today There are multiple legal challenges to the sludge importation currently in the court system. Dennis Pillion,, "Sludge fight: Legal battles over imported sewage waste rage on in Jefferson County," 19 Jan. 2018 That’s because with the Democrats in control, pushes to allow importation of cheaper medicines from other countries, make generic drugs more broadly available and require manufacturers to publicly justify their price levels could gain momentum. Tanzeel Akhtar, WSJ, "Midterm Elections Could Test Health-Care ETFs," 4 Nov. 2018 The final list of Chinese goods that will incur hefty tariffs on importation into the U.S. will be revealed tomorrow. Alan Murray, Fortune, "Comcast vs Disney, China Tariffs, Rolls-Royce Cuts: CEO Daily for June 14, 2018," 14 June 2018 Embrace natural gas to reduce our importation of oil and embrace natural gas to reduce our consumption of coal. R. Tyler Priest, WSJ, "‘Saudi America’ Review: The Truth About Fracking?," 31 Oct. 2018 In a rare move, the U.S. government has approved the importation of marijuana extracts from Canada for a clinical trial, highlighting a new avenue for American researchers who have long had trouble obtaining the drug for medical studies. Julie Watson, The Seattle Times, "Lacking quality weed extract, US researchers turn to Canada," 18 Sep. 2018 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

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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 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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