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, soon after, Trump tweeted an additional imposition, bringing the rate up to 15%. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "These China-made goods will soon cost more thanks to Trump’s tariffs," 31 Aug. 2019 Tomato prices also will be pressured from the recent imposition of a 17.56% duty on tomatoes imported from Mexico. Russ Wiles, azcentral, "Opposition to federal restrictions on tomato imports brings Sinema and McSally together," 15 Aug. 2019 Kashmiri politicians such as Mehbooba Mufti, as well as other residents of the region, took to Twitter before the imposition of internet restrictions to tell the world what was happening there., "Kashmir, nexus of conflict between nuclear antagonists India and Pakistan, faces crackdown, plunges into fear," 5 Aug. 2019 All of that puts the U.S. at risk of ending up on the wrong side of cost-imposition efforts from adversaries big and small. Benjamin Jensen, The Conversation, "A World War II battle holds key lessons for modern warfare," 25 July 2019 Iran had asked the court for a provisional decision to suspend U.S. measures ahead of the full re-imposition of U.S. sanctions next month. Laurence Norman, WSJ, "U.N. Court Orders U.S. to Lift Iran Sanctions on Humanitarian Goods," 3 Oct. 2018 Iran’s case challenging the legality of the re-imposition of sanctions is likely to take months or years to complete. Mike Corder, The Seattle Times, "US insists re-imposition of Iran sanctions is legal," 28 Aug. 2018 As can be seen from the chart below, the states are losing a significant amount of money with the imposition of cesses by the Union government. Shoaib Daniyal, Quartz India, "Various cesses levied by the Modi government are squeezing Indian state budgets," 23 Aug. 2019 The dispute with China comes at the same time Trump has riled some of America’s closest allies with the imposition of tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. Joe Mcdonald And Paul Wiseman,, "China warns US trade deals are off if tariffs go ahead," 3 June 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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