One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Failure or refusal to export goods, especially (US History) in contravention of agreements or acts made by American colonial governments between 1768 and 1774 to prevent the export of goods to Britain or its colonies.
Late 18th century; earliest use found in Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826), revolutionary politician and president of the United States of America. From non- + exportation, after non-importation.
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