Definition for EX-TOR'TION


The act of extorting; the act or practice of wresting any thing from a person by force, duress, menaces, authority, or by any undue exercise of power; illegal exaction; illegal compulsion to pay money, or to do some other act. Extortion is an offense punishable at common law. Force or illegal compulsion by which any thing is taken from a person. King Charles.

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