Ex*ac"tion (?), n. [L. exactio: cf. F. exaction.]


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.

Take away your exactions from my people. Ezek. xlv. 9.

Daily new exactions are devised. Shak.

Illegal exactions of sheriffs and officials. Bancroft.


That which is exacted; a severe tribute; a fee, reward, or contribution, demanded or levied with severity or injustice.



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