Definition of imposition in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌimpəˈziSH(ə)n/


1The action or process of imposing something or of being imposed: the imposition of martial law
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  • The smuggled electronic products and the luxury tax imposition have really hurt the local electronics companies, making them less competitive on the local market.
  • The former, she charged, would allow for the creation of military zones, or the local imposition of martial law if authorities wanted to address a localized security matter.
  • The imposition of taxes on groundwater is a prudent policy in terms of saving the environment from further damage, a measure which the government has in the past frequently ignored.
imposing, foisting, forcing, inflicting
levying, charging, application, applying, enforcement, enforcing, enjoining;
setting, establishment, introduction, institution
2A thing that is imposed, in particular an unfair or unwelcome demand or burden: I’d like to see you, if that wouldn’t be too much of an imposition
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  • Instead he is talking of changing legislation to allow the imposition of martial law.
  • The second piece of legislation which Darling proposed was the imposition of a stamp duty.
  • The power to control was originally limited to the imposition of conditions.
burden, encumbrance, strain, bother, worry
informal hassle, drag
2.1A tax or duty.
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  • Some of these arrangements may represent colonial impositions, others the continuation or adaptation of tributes and services owed to pre-conquest overlords.
  • Replacement funds were presumably provided by the Athenian élite through liturgies, impositions of property and ‘semi-voluntary’ subscriptions.
2.2 Christian Church The laying-on of hands, as in blessing or ordination.
3 Printing The imposing of pages of type.
3.1A particular arrangement of imposed pages: some samples of 16-page impositions
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  • A one-day workshop to give DTP operators a good understanding of printing impositions covering terminology, folds and folding systems, plotting imposition layouts etc.
  • These are called print impositions and are created according to the type of design featured on your letterhead, business card and envelope as well as the type of reproduction required.


Late Middle English: from Latin impositio(n-), from the verb imponere (see impose).

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Syllabification: im·po·si·tion

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