in·​ter·​po·​si·​tion | \ ˌin-tər-pə-ˈzi-shən How to pronounce interposition (audio) \

Definition of interposition

1a : the act of interposing
b : the action of a state whereby its sovereignty is placed between its citizens and the federal government
2 : something interposed

Examples of interposition in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some degree of interposition nevertheless, is at all times and everywhere called for. Bruce Bartlett, The New Republic, "Socialism Is as American as Apple Pie," 17 Aug. 2020 Without covering to hide my naked body!, in an enemy's country, without food or means to obtain any!, and among Tories more unrelenting than the devil! more perils to encounter and nothing to aid me but the interposition of heaven. Matt Campbell, kansascity, "Rare Revolutionary War journal found nestled in Kansas City linen closet | The Kansas City Star," 30 Apr. 2018 Although the man who had once championed a national veto over state laws now seemed to assert the right of states to reject acts of Congress, Madison insisted that interposition meant only an appeal to public opinion. Susan Dunn, New York Times, "James Madison’s Zigzag Path," 1 Nov. 2017

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First Known Use of interposition

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Interposition.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2021.

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