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interposition

[in-ter-puh-zish-uh n] /ˌɪn tər pəˈzɪʃ ən/
noun
1.
the act or fact of interposing or the condition of being interposed.
2.
something interposed.
3.
the doctrine that an individual state of the U.S. may oppose any federal action it believes encroaches on its sovereignty.
Origin of interposition
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English interposicio(u)n < Latin interpositiōn- (stem of interpositiō), equivalent to interposit(us) (past participle of interpōnere to place between) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
noninterposition, noun
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Examples from the Web for interposition
Historical Examples
  • Then we, too, looked at each other with eyes that confessed an interposition.

    Lotus Buds

    Amy Carmichael
  • Conscious that his interposition could be of no possible avail, he fled for life.

    King Philip

    John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott
  • The disappearance of a star by the interposition of the moon is called an "occultation."

    Great Astronomers R. S. Ball
  • There is nothing else in it which ought to call for this interposition.

    Memoirs of the Courts and Cabinets of George the Third The Duke of Buckingham and Chandos
  • Melissy seized on her father joyfully as an interposition of Providence.

    Brand Blotters William MacLeod Raine
  • The clergy this time invoked the interposition of Government.

    Lectures on the French Revolution John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
  • All would have been irretrievably lost had it not been for the interposition of Fabius.

    Hannibal Jacob Abbott
  • Only the interposition of friends prevented their meeting on the field.

    The Christmas Peace Thomas Nelson Page
  • Even this interposition failed to put the irate Harris off his purpose.

    My Friend Smith Talbot Baines Reed
  • It was, however, at last granted with difficulty on my interposition.

    The Letters of Cicero, Volume 1 Marcus Tullius Cicero
British Dictionary definitions for interposition

interposition

/ˌɪntəpəˈzɪʃən/
noun
1.
something interposed
2.
the act of interposing or the state of being interposed
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Word Origin and History for interposition
n.

late 14c., from Old French interposicion (12c.), from Latin interpositionem (nominative interpositio), noun of action from past participle stem of interponere "to put between, place among; put forward," from inter- (see inter-) + ponere (see position).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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