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1. Illegal use of one's official position or powers to obtain property, funds, or patronage.
2. The act or an instance of extorting something, as by psychological pressure.
3. An excessive or exorbitant charge.

ex·tor′tion·ar′y (-shə-nĕr′ē) adj.
ex·tor′tion·ist, ex·tor′tion·er n.


characterized by or prone to extortion


(ɪkˈstɔr ʃəˌnɛr i)

characterized by or given to extortion.
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The position against this provision is based on the following: (1) the action lacks precedent; (2) excessive litigation may result if the tort continues to be recognized; (3) the elements of the action are derived from the heavily-criticized tort of alienation of affections; (4) fraudulent, extortionary use among family members is possible; (5) the action ineffectively combats parental alienation; and (6) other torts could be utilized to address the related wrongs.
1978), a victim of an extortionary threat, on his own initiative, recorded the defendants' threats, which occurred during a conversation in the victim's residence.
Extortionary harassment bribes are distortive when they are not paid, because a justified and presumably welfare-enhancing licence is then not issued.
Although they won much love from the Somali people for reducing the number of extortionary checkpoints and amount of militia fighting, they became targets of American wrath.
All of this is consistent with the notion that campaign contributions are like bribes, or, as Fred McChesney (1987) argues, extortionary payoffs.
These two excellent reasons for antitrust interest notwithstanding, however, the quest for an antitrust inquiry directed toward the general extortionary troll model that has raised most public ire remains somewhat elusive.
I'm going to suggest that this client file a grievance with the Bar over this, and I hope the Bar is vigilant in stopping such extortionary practices when it sees them.
The extortionary tactic was responsible for last fall's 16-day government shutdown.