Meaning of taxation without representation
taxa'tion without" representa'tion
— Amer. Hist. Amer. Hist.
- a phrase, generally attributed to James Otis about 1761, that reflected the resentment of American colonists at being taxed by a British Parliament to which they elected no representatives and became an anti-British slogan before the American Revolution; in full, “Taxation without representation is tyranny.”