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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.
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characterized by or prone to extortion
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(ɪkˈstɔr ʃəˌnɛr i)

characterized by or given to extortion.
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Summary: TEHRAN (FNA)- German lawmakers fired back at threats made by the US envoy to Berlin, Richard Grenell, describing his ultimatum demanding higher defense spending as outrageous and extortionary.
The order itself was the outcome of a long and protracted battle, taken up by the court, on the insistence of protesting parents who stated that high-cost private schools were charging 'extortionary' fees, and subjecting them to arbitrary increases.
Taliaferro resolved to punish white traders who charged Natives extortionary prices or tricked them into signing fraudulent documents.
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They complain that the Terms of Reference put out by the DICT were "onerous, confiscatory and potentially extortionary.
Tellis, has said that the United States must avoid becoming an accessory to Rawalpindi's (Pakistan Army headquarters) strategy of what he terms "extortionary engagement".
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.
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.