imposition

noun
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
Recent Examples on the Web In the end, Washington’s veto, like the imposition of economic sanctions, is best understood as power politics. Steve Coll, The New Yorker, 14 Sep. 2022 On the ground, hundreds of trucks and cars have blocked the streets of the city and set up a tent commune to protest against the imposition of vaccination requirements for truck drivers. Chris Stokel-walker, Wired, 8 Feb. 2022 The final straw was the imposition of the draconian National Security Law two years ago, which eradicated any remaining liberties and landed former legislators, journalists, trade unionists and civil-society activists in jail. Benedict Rogers, WSJ, 30 June 2022 Though the guilty verdict was seen as a foregone conclusion, the imposition of a sentence her lawyers decried as far longer than average could give the U.S. extra impetus to strike a deal palatable to Russia as soon as possible. Eric Tucker, BostonGlobe.com, 5 Aug. 2022 Though the guilty verdict was seen as a foregone conclusion, the imposition of a sentence her lawyers decried as far longer than average could give the U.S. extra impetus to strike a deal palatable to Russia as soon as possible. Eric Tucker, Chicago Tribune, 4 Aug. 2022 That is why critics contend the imposition of new PFAS regulations based on the controversial EPA advisories released in June will unnecessarily harm many key sectors of the economy, particularly the defense and semi-conductor industries. Patrick Gleason, Forbes, 3 Aug. 2022 The reason the beneficiary’s estate is included is that this avoids imposition of the generation skipping transfer tax on assets that are not exempt from that tax. Martin Shenkman, Forbes, 11 July 2022 However, the Kentucky Supreme Court affirmed Monday a lower-court ruling that blocked imposition of the state ban. Jonathan M. Pitts, Baltimore Sun, 7 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of imposition

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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22 Sep 2022

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“Imposition.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/imposition. Accessed 27 Sep. 2022.

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