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.
- non·im·po·si·tion, noun
- pre·im·po·si·tion, noun
- re·im·po·si·tion, noun
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How to use imposition in a sentence
Britain’s new subject peoples knew it, too, and rebelled at the imposition of colonial rule.
“They could issue long-term bonds for the modernization, and by doing that within 10 years of the imposition of the tax, they get to keep the entire tax,” Cabrera said.Measure C Could Go Forward Even if Convention Center Expansion Doesn’t | Lisa Halverstadt | April 22, 2021 | Voice of San Diego
If the Supreme Court overturns Rostker, they’ll surely fight against any imposition of compulsory registration or service for women.Men-only Selective Service registration may end soon, but the fight will remain | Heather Stur | April 15, 2021 | Washington Post
Instead, by 2019, imposition of the tax had resulted in a decline in the number of internet users, failed revenue targets, and social unrest.Uganda’s social media tax failed so now it wants to tax internet access | Stephen Kafeero | April 8, 2021 | Quartz
Many have called for the imposition and enforcement of more stringent and onerous regulation and taxation.The Public Trusts Businesses Over Government to Solve Our Problems. But We Need Both to Try | Colin Mayer | February 3, 2021 | Time
A term-limits law is a clear imposition of an added qualification.
And so swift was the imposition of the curfew that some foreigners were taken by surprise.
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 | Lizzie Crocker | April 16, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | Michael Tomasky | December 10, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
The result was the imposition of the most draconian inspections regime in history.Obama's Speech: War With Syria Postponed – For Now | Christopher Dickey | August 31, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
This provision also had the effect of preventing the imposition of taxation upon the community by means of railway rates.Fifty Years of Railway Life in England, Scotland and Ireland | Joseph Tatlow
For this was the preposterous nature of the imposition, and she claimed to have given birth to no less than eighteen of them.The Portsmouth Road and Its Tributaries | Charles G. Harper
Just at this juncture Eric came in, having been delayed by Mr Gordon, while he rigidly inspected the imposition.Eric, or Little by Little | Frederic W. Farrar
Mr. Grenville, Chancellor of the Exchequer, introduced sundry resolutions relative to the imposition of stamp duty in America.The Loyalists of America and Their Times, Vol. 1 of 2 | Egerton Ryerson
Henceforth they resisted the imposition by Parliament of external as well as internal taxes.The Loyalists of America and Their Times, Vol. 1 of 2 | Egerton Ryerson
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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