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

Definition of imposition

1 : something imposed: such as
a : an excessive or uncalled-for requirement or burden
b : levy, tax
2 : the act of imposing
4 : the order of arrangement of imposed pages

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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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Recent Examples on the Web But Democrats and the left had feared the full imposition of Paul Ryan’s agenda. Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, "The 2020 Election Doesn’t Really Matter to Republicans," 30 July 2020 Their demonstrations eventually forced the abandonment of that law and spiraled into broader anti-government unrest that, Beijing says, required the imposition of the new national security regulations. Stephen Collinson, CNN, "Trump is taking the 2020 election to a dark place," 26 June 2020 Morrison also announced a pathway to permanent residency in Australia for Hong Kong citizens looking to leave the city due to the imposition of the law. James Griffiths, CNN, "Australia suspends extradition with Hong Kong and offers path to citizenship for city's residents," 9 July 2020 Australia suspended its extradition treaty with Hong Kong and extended visas for Hong Kong residents in response to China’s imposition of a tough national security law on the semi-autonomous territory, the prime minister said Thursday. Washington Post, "Australia ends Hong Kong extradition treaty, extends visas," 9 July 2020 Other financial measures are on the table, especially given the U.S. took the step even before imposition of the security law to declare that Hong Kong was no longer significantly autonomous from China. Fortune, "Economists say U.S. threat to undermine Hong Kong dollar peg is ‘self-defeating’," 8 July 2020 Universal health care, in other words, was an unfeasible imposition on the national budget. J.c. Pan, The New Republic, "The Impossible Math of the Pandemic," 7 July 2020 The Chinese ambassador to Britain accused Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday of meddling in China’s affairs by offering citizenship to 3 million people from Hong Kong following the imposition of a national security law. Washington Post, "Chinese diplomat derides UK’s move to offer HK citizenship," 6 July 2020 China’s state-security apparatus has them within easy reach following Beijing’s swift and secretive imposition on the territory of a sweeping national security law. Ann Scott Tyson, The Christian Science Monitor, "Hong Kongers fear drastic law marks ‘before’ and ‘after’," 1 July 2020

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First Known Use of imposition

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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4 Aug 2020

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“Imposition.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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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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