- 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
Examples from the Web for imposition
And so swift was the imposition of the curfew that some foreigners were taken by surprise.Thailand’s 19th Nervous Breakdown
May 22, 2014
Later, when he purchases a massive TV set for her living room, she's offended by the imposition.What's Happened to Don Draper? Why Everyone’s Favorite ‘Mad Men’ Stud Needs His Mojo Back
April 16, 2014
Why, an imposition on business owners to run their factories as they saw fit, you socialist!Conservatives on the Wrong Side of History on Mandela, Most Other Things
December 10, 2013
The result was the imposition of the most draconian inspections regime in history.Obama's Speech: War With Syria Postponed – For Now
August 31, 2013
Musharraf is facing a raft of charges, the most significant of which is his imposition of emergency over five years ago.Welcome to the Pervez Musharraf Show
April 20, 2013
I think, for instance, the imposition of a tax of one per cent.
"I spurn the imposition," said Lady Dorothea, tearing it in fragments.The Martins Of Cro' Martin, Vol. II (of II)
Charles James Lever
Most of them took this as an added insult and swore roundly at it as an imposition.The Web of the Golden Spider
Frederick Orin Bartlett
They appealed to the Cadi against what they called the imposition.Dreamers of the Ghetto
You and all belonging to you were an imposition and a fraud.The Bramleighs Of Bishop's Folly
Charles James Lever
- 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
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).