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Definition of "imposition" []

  • The act of imposing or the condition of being imposed. (noun)
  • Something imposed, such as a tax, an undue burden, or a fraud. (noun)
  • A burdensome or unfair demand, as upon someone's time: listened to the telemarketer but resented the imposition. (noun)
  • Printing The arrangement of printed matter to form a sequence of pages. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "imposition" in a sentence
  • "It's hard to argue the contrary, even if the imposition is a complex one, involving peer pressure, advertising, the community, male-biased cultural values and so on."
  • ""That is what we have rejected," Kissinger explains: "That is what we call the imposition, under the thinnest veneer, of a Communist government.""
  • "Dr. Johnson shewed, that 'what he called imposition, was only a voluntary declaration of agreement in certain articles of faith, which a church has a right to require, just as any other society can insist on certain rules being observed by its members."