Imposition meaning

ĭm'pə-zĭsh'ən
A burdensome or unfair demand, as upon someone's time.

Listened to the telemarketer but resented the imposition.

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An imposing or imposing on.
  • The forcing of oneself, one's presence or will, etc. on another or others without right or invitation.
  • A taking advantage of friendship, etc.
  • The laying on of hands, as in ordaining.
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The act of imposing or the condition of being imposed.
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Something imposed, such as a tax, an undue burden, or a fraud.
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The arrangement of printed matter to form a sequence of pages.
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Something imposed.
  • A tax, fine, etc.
  • An unjust burden or requirement.
  • A deception; fraud.
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The arrangement of type pages or plates in the proper order of printing.
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The printing of pages on a single sheet of paper in a particular order so that they come out in the correct sequence when cut and folded.
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The act of imposing, laying on, affixing, enjoining, inflicting, obtruding, and the like.
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That which is imposed, levied, or enjoined.
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An excessive, arbitrary, or unlawful exaction; hence, a trick or deception put or laid on others.
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(printing) Arrangement of a printed product’s pages on the printer's sheet so as to have the pages in proper order in the final product.
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(religion) A practice of laying hands on a person in a religious ceremony; used e.g. in confirmation and ordination.
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(UK) A task imposed on a student as punishment.
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The definition of an imposition is the act forcing someone or something on another, or a burden that is put on someone.

When you show up at someone else's home unannounced and demand that he or she make you breakfast and clean your clothing, this is an example of an imposition.

When the government puts a new tax on you that takes a large percentage of your income, this is an example of an imposition.

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Origin of imposition

  • From Old French imposicion, from Latin impositio
    From Wiktionary