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
3 : deception
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 Or is a request for a moment appropriate? Entering another person’s office without an invitation is an imposition, and therefore asking that person to wait is not impolite. Washington Post, 20 June 2021 The creation of the EU Gateway and digital certificate should not lead to the re-imposition of inner-European border checks, however. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 21 May 2021 If there is re-imposition of lockdowns after the recent spike in Covid cases, then that could prove to be an impediment in ViacomCBS VIAC -2.4%’ growth. Trefis Team, Forbes, 4 May 2021 But no such institutional authority yet existed in the mid-14th century, in part because Christian doctrine banned the imposition of usury and in part because the Florentine Republic lacked any agency able to compel the repayment of debt. Dan Hofstadter, WSJ, 25 June 2021 By some conventional definitions of free speech, this policy shift represents an imposition on politicians’ speech rights. Jacob Silverman, The New Republic, 4 June 2021 Even before the Trump administration’s 2018 imposition of the 25 percent Section 232 import tariff against steel, the United States had the highest steel prices of any major country. Dan Pearson, National Review, 28 Apr. 2021 The speech came as the first, lengthy retort to the Biden administration’s imposition of sanctions against Russia this month. New York Times, 21 Apr. 2021 This is no different than a state’s imposition of a similar tax for the construction of an on-reservation school, which was struck down by the Supreme Court in Ramah. Roxanne Bland, Forbes, 15 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of imposition

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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24 Jul 2021

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“Imposition.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jul. 2021.

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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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