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[in-ter-puh-zish-uh n]
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  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.
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Origin of interposition

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 formsnon·in·ter·po·si·tion, noun
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Related Words for interposition

obstruction, conflict, intrusion, intervention, arbitration, negotiation, conciliation, reconciliation, mediation, interference, imposition, encroachment, invasion, incursion, background, prying, resistance, barring, arrest

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Historical Examples of interposition

  • 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."

  • There is nothing else in it which ought to call for this interposition.

  • Melissy seized on her father joyfully as an interposition of Providence.

    Brand Blotters

    William MacLeod Raine

British Dictionary definitions for interposition


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


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).

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