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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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 Current regulations prohibit the importation, possession and transporting of live snakeheads., "Digest: Mechanicsville's Fox catches record snakehead in Charles County," 1 June 2018 Mandela’s government enacted a law that allowed for the importation or local production of generic, antiretroviral drugs. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "It’s Normal for the U.S. to Put Corporate Profits Above Babies’ Health," 10 July 2018 Under the current regime, 62.5% of the value of the content in a vehicle must originate in one of the three Nafta countries to qualify for tariff-free importation. Robbie Whelan, WSJ, "Bevy of Issues Continues to Complicate Nafta Negotiations," 14 May 2018 Kirschner faces a maximum of 15 years in prison on the unlawful importation count and three years on the impersonation count. Robert Moran,, "Moorestown man admits posing as ATF agent to sell fake coins," 25 June 2018 The Arizona case that troubles biomedical researchers takes a different tack, as environmental advocates seek importation data from the LEMIS stockpile. Science | AAAS, "Biomedical group weighs in on U.S. court fight over wildlife imports," 5 June 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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