Exaction Ex*ac"tion, n. [L. exactio: cf. F. exaction.] 1. The act of demanding with authority, and compelling to pay or yield; compulsion to give or furnish; a levying by force; a driving to compliance; as, the exaction to tribute or of obedience; hence, extortion. [1913 Webster]

Take away your exactions from my people. --Ezek. xlv. 9. [1913 Webster]

Daily new exactions are devised. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Illegal exactions of sheriffs and officials. --Bancroft. [1913 Webster]

2. That which is exacted; a severe tribute; a fee, reward, or contribution, demanded or levied with severity or injustice. --Daniel. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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