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[im-puh-zish-uh n] /ˌɪm pəˈzɪʃ ən/
the laying on of something as a burden or obligation.
something imposed, as a burden or duty; an unusual or extraordinarily burdensome requirement or task.
the act of imposing by or as if by authority.
an instance of imposing upon a person:
He did the favor but considered the request an imposition.
the act of imposing fraudulently or deceptively on others; imposture.
the ceremonial laying on of hands, as in confirmation or ordination.
Printing. the arrangement of page plates in proper order on a press for printing a signature.
the act of putting, placing, or laying on.
Origin of imposition
1325-75; Middle English imposicioun < Late Latin impositiōn- (stem of impositiō), equivalent to imposit(us) past participle of impōnere to place upon, impose (im- im-1 + posi-, variant stem of pōnere to put + -tus past participle suffix) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
nonimposition, noun
preimposition, noun
reimposition, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for imposition
  • Bachelors are to be persuaded to marry by the imposition of a penal addition to military service.
  • Drinking is a protest against the imposition of a culturally constructed feminine asceticism.
  • Many textile groups were lobbying for their imposition even before the quota regime was gone.
  • Both countries subsequently announced moratoriums on tests after the imposition of economic sanctions.
  • He charged that the present tax structure had only postponed the imposition of a broad-base tax by a year.
  • Whether he would see it as an imposition or not is something you can't know.
  • They complained that the proposed outside scrutiny of draft laws was an intolerable imposition.
  • It called for imposition of reporting requirements instead.
  • My view is that this is often true but that the imposition can have the opposite effect as well.
  • Western powers discussed the imposition of a no-fly zone to protect civilians.
British Dictionary definitions for imposition


the act of imposing
something that is imposed unfairly on someone
(in Britain) a task set as a school punishment
the arrangement of pages for printing so that the finished work will have its pages in the correct order
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Word Origin and History for imposition

late 14c., "the levying of taxes, a tax, duty, tribute," from Old French imposicion "tax, duty; a fixing" (early 14c.), from Latin impositionem (nominative impositio) "a laying on," from imponere "to place upon," from assimilated form of in- "into, in" (see in- (2)) + ponere "to put, place" (see position). Sense of "the act of putting (something) on (something else)" is from 1590s. Meaning "an act or instance of imposing" (on someone) first recorded 1630s (see impose).

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