tax·​a·​tion | \tak-ˈsā-shən \

Definition of taxation 

1 : the action of taxing especially : the imposition of taxes

2 : revenue obtained from taxes

3 : the amount assessed as a tax

Examples of taxation in a Sentence

the federal right of taxation

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The Tea Party, a fiscally conservative faction within the Republican party born in 2010, favored limited government and opposed government spending and taxation in the wake of a major financial crisis. Rachel Janfaza, Teen Vogue, "These 3 Midterms Elections Prove That Off-Year Elections Really Matter," 26 Oct. 2018 By the mid-1700s, all lotteries were authorized by state governments in order to raise revenue without taxation. Jonathan D. Cohen, Vox, "How lottery money helped build the United States," 24 Oct. 2018 Under this reasoning, the mandate is a tax penalty that comes under Congress’ broad power over taxation., "Why the latest GOP swipe at Obamacare is an assault on logic," 12 June 2018 The Supreme Court limited its holding to the classification of workers under California’s wage rules, acknowledging that different standards may apply to the same worker under different employment laws, such as workers’ compensation and taxation. Dan Eaton,, "California Supreme Court narrowly defines independent contractor," 14 May 2018 The use of miso goes back millennia in Japan, where a bureau to regulate its production, trade, and taxation was established by Emperor Mommu in 701 (!) and traditional miso-making is an art form. Sarah Jampel, Bon Appetit, "What Is Miso, the Secret Weapon in Every Healthyish Pantry?," 16 Feb. 2018 Amazon disclosed lobbying on cloud computing in the context of homeland security as well as issues related to taxation of online sales, among other priorities. Ben Brody, The Seattle Times, "Amazon breaks its record for lobbying in 3Q," 23 Oct. 2018 There is no evidence that American voters will accept this level of taxation. Brian Riedl, Vox, "America might be ready for democratic socialism. It’s not ready for the bill.," 7 Aug. 2018 Further, a recent announcement by the Ramallah government to re-impose other forms of taxation on Gazans has not been well received. Diana B. Greenwald, Washington Post, "Who is responsible for solving Gaza's massive electricity crisis?," 5 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of taxation

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of taxation

: the action, process, or system of taxing people or things


tax·​a·​tion | \tak-ˈsā-shən \

Kids Definition of taxation

1 : the action of taxing

2 : money gotten from taxes



Legal Definition of taxation 

1 : the action of taxing: as

a : the imposition of taxes

b : the judicial determination of costs

2a : revenue obtained from taxes

b : the amount assessed as a tax

3 : a particular system of taxing progressive taxation

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