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EXTORT Definition & Legal Meaning

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The natural meaning of the word “extort” is to obtain money or othervaluable thing either by compulsion, by actual force, or by the force of motives appliedto the will, and often more overpowering and irresistible than physical force. Com. v.O’Brien, 12 Cush. (Mass.) 90. See EXTORTION.Extortio est crimen quando quis colore officii extorquet quod non est debitum, velsupra debitum, vel ante tempus quod est debitum. 10 Coke, 102. Extortion is a crimewhen, by color of office, any person extorts that which is not due, or more than is due,or before the time when it is due.


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