[ im-puh-zish-uh n ]
/ ˌɪm pəˈzɪʃ ən /


Nearby words

  1. importunity,
  2. impose,
  3. impose on,
  4. imposing,
  5. imposing stone,
  6. impossibility,
  7. impossible,
  8. impossible figure,
  9. impost,
  10. impost block

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 formsnon·im·po·si·tion, nounpre·im·po·si·tion, nounre·im·po·si·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for imposition

British Dictionary definitions for imposition


/ (ˌɪmpəˈzɪʃən) /


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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper