im·​po·​si·​tion | \ ˌim-pə-ˈzi-shən How to pronounce imposition (audio) \

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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However, congressional Democrats and Republicans alike have warned that the imposition of tariffs could hinder the passage of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement. Grace Segers, CBS News, "Mexican foreign minister is optimistic about avoiding tariffs," 4 June 2019 The fight adds to concerns over the Trump administration’s imposition of steel and aluminum tariffs on its neighbors to the north and south. Santiago Pérez, WSJ, "Mexican Election Could Accelerate Nafta Talks," 2 July 2018 This represented the first formal step of a procedure that could end in the rejection of Italy’s budget plan and imposition of fines on the country. Laurence Norman, WSJ, "Italy Vows to Stick to Budget That Breaches EU Rules," 22 Oct. 2018 Orban pushed through controversial measures including the nationalization of private pension funds and the imposition of extraordinary levies on banking, energy and telecommunication companies. Zoltan Simon,, "How Europe’s Populist Ringleader Transformed Hungary: QuickTake," 16 May 2018 By the beginning of the 20th century, however, the grid came to be seen as monotonous, a playground for irresponsible real estate speculators, and a terrifying imposition on the land that destroyed natural beauty. Felicia Dechter,, "Column: The Chicago Grid and groundbreaking architects in spotlight at event headed to Unity Temple," 15 Mar. 2018 The uncertainty caused by the re-imposition of the sanctions have proved devastating for the Iranian economy, which was already weakened by decades of previous sanctions and mismanagement and theft by high-ranking officials. Greg Norman, Fox News, "Former Iranian president Ahmadinejad says embattled Rouhani must step aside," 9 Aug. 2018 Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the imposition of the death sentence on Mr. Schellenberg was of extreme concern to his government. Paul Vieira, WSJ, "Chinese Court Sentences Canadian National to Death for Drug Crimes in Retrial," 14 Jan. 2019 The final list of items subject to the new tariffs will be released on June 15, with formal imposition of these duties occurring a few days later. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump Moves Ahead With Tariffs and Other Trade Sanctions Against China," 29 May 2018

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First Known Use of imposition

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of imposition was in the 14th century

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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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