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.

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

nonimposition, noun
preimposition, noun
reimposition, noun Unabridged
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imposition (ˌɪmpəˈzɪʃən)
1.  the act of imposing
2.  something that is imposed unfairly on someone
3.  (in Britain) a task set as a school punishment
4.  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 & History

late 14c., "the levying of taxes, a tax, duty," from O.Fr. imposition (1317), from L. impositionem (nom. impositio) "a laying on," from imponere "to place upon," from in- "into" + ponere "to put, place" (see position). Sense of "the act of putting (something) on (something
else)" is from 1597. Meaning "an act of imposing" (on someone) first recorded 1632 (see impose).
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Example sentences
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.
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