tax·​a·​tion | \ tak-ˈsā-shən How to pronounce taxation (audio) \

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
Recent Examples on the Web Combined with heavy taxation of income, the effective tax rate on investment exceeded 100% in some cases. The Economist, "The rich man’s world In Sweden, billionaires are surprisingly popular," 28 Nov. 2019 Advocates have also previously rallied to end the taxation of menstrual products. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "New York Becomes the First State to Require Disclosure of Menstrual Product Ingredients," 14 Oct. 2019 But for some jetsetters, the punitive taxation might be enough to curb their flying altogether. Natasha Frost, Quartz, "Frequent flyers should pay more, not less, for their travel," 14 Oct. 2019 Opponents successfully fought to remove the fee, calling it double taxation. Jesse Leavenworth,, "Movie dates and the dawn of the blockbuster: East Hartford cineplex demolition triggers local memories," 9 Nov. 2019 Soon, even Democrats were using it, and outraged voters cast ballots for Hogan in droves, condemning Maryland for moving so far left that nothing ― not even the weather ― was beyond taxation. Luke Broadwater,, "Larry Hogan is using an old playbook to attack a plan to transform Maryland schools. What does he hope to gain?," 8 Nov. 2019 The first, known as the Three-Fifths Compromise, was a racist, manipulative policy that outlined the rules for legislative representation and taxation of the states. Maya Francis, Teen Vogue, "How the Electoral College Is Tied to Slavery and the Three-Fifths Compromise," 31 Oct. 2019 Earlier this year voters approved extra taxation on cannabis businesses. New York Times, "Pairs Well With Weed," 25 Oct. 2019 Historically, what has limited inequality was progressive taxation. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, "The U.S. tax system is "a new engine of inequality"," 16 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of taxation

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Taxation.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 8 December 2019.

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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 How to pronounce taxation (audio) \

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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