im·po·si·tion | \ˌim-pə-ˈzi-shən \

Definition of imposition 

1 : something imposed: such as

a : levy, tax

b : an excessive or uncalled-for requirement or burden

2 : the act of imposing

3 : deception

4 : the order of arrangement of imposed pages

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Synonyms for imposition


assessment, duty, impost, levy, tax

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Examples of imposition in a Sentence

Your kids can stay with me the night you're away—it's really not an imposition. the imposition of a life sentence on the defendant the imposition of a tax on liquor
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Elsewhere, talk of tearing up trade agreements and his imposition of tariffs to protect the American steel and aluminum industries have angered longtime partners. Washington Post, "Trump rarely conducts business as usual with foreign leaders," 7 June 2018 The most recent imposition of the death penalty for a Division I college occurred in 1987, when Southern Methodist University received it due to extensive recruiting violations. Michael Mccann,, "Michigan State Settles With the Victims of Larry Nassar's Abuse. How Might the NCAA Respond?," 18 May 2018 But Rauner and other Republicans, particularly those in major agricultural states, have been critical of Trump creating a trade war over the imposition of tariffs. Rick Pearson,, "Vice President Pence to speak in Rosemont Friday, when Gov. Rauner will introduce him," 12 July 2018 One of the first to go into effect under Mr. Trump came in January, with the imposition of 20% tariffs on washing machines. Josh Zumbrun, WSJ, "Tariffs Start to Ripple Their Way Through the U.S. Economy," 19 June 2018 On tariffs, 48 percent of Americans disagree with Mr. Trump's imposition of new levies on steel and aluminum imports, while 36 percent agree. CBS News, "CBS News poll: Americans divided over tariffs, pardons and Russia probe," 18 June 2018 But when questioned about the US imposition of tariffs on steel and aluminum, Trudeau reaffirmed his intention to retaliate on July 1 with equivalent tariffs., "Leaders outraged, but not surprised," 10 June 2018 The recent imposition of U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum imports could be the final straw. Barry Mccaffrey, Fortune, "I’m a Four-Star General. I’m Worried About America’s Decaying Relationship With Europe.," 4 June 2018 According to anthropological work by Mr Byler and Joanne Smith Finley of Newcastle University in Britain, a religious revival had been under way before the imposition of today’s harsh control. The Economist, "China has turned Xinjiang into a police state like no other," 31 May 2018

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First Known Use of imposition

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of imposition

: a demand or request that is not reasonable or that causes trouble for someone

: the act of establishing or creating something in an official way : the act of imposing something

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