Definition of interposition in English:



mass noun
  • 1The action of interposing someone or something.

    ‘the interposition of members between tiers of management’
    • ‘A traditional peacekeeping operation is established when parties to a conflict, typically two states, agree to the interposition of UN troops to uphold a ceasefire.’
    • ‘Calhoun always portrayed nullification as a process designed to preserve the union, but he himself acknowledged that secession could follow interposition if repeated abuses of the Constitution went uncorrected.’
    • ‘Aristotle construed the deductive stage of scientific inquiry as the interposition of middle terms between the subject and predicate terms of the statement to be proved.’
    • ‘The word ‘intervention’ implies interposition, placing oneself between two contending parties and keeping them apart.’
    • ‘As a fleet of Communist junks prepared to cross the straits, the KMT was saved from ejection by the Korean War and the interposition of the American Seventh Fleet.’
    • ‘The interposition of the inert sub-coat is said to be the obvious step…’
    • ‘The temporal continuum is not exhaustible by the interposition of new units and… therefore [cannot] be thought of as a mere collection of units.’
    • ‘The only purpose of the interposition of the taxpayer company was to transmute the base metal of an exchange loss on capital account into the pure gold of a revenue loss.’
    • ‘The earlier historical rivalry between Japan and Russia is unlikely to be an issue given the interposition of a powerful Chinese buffer between them and the truncation of Russia itself.’
    • ‘The interposition of political majorities does not necessarily insulate the state's decision from all criticism.’
    • ‘The trial judge held that the interposition of the management corporation had no bona fide business purpose other than the reduction of income tax.’
    mediation, intermediation, negotiation, arbitration, conciliation, intervention, involvement, action
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    1. 1.1 Interference or intervention.
      ‘he owed the preservation of his throne to the miraculous interposition of a stranger who suddenly appeared in his realm’
      • ‘A miracle is ‘a transgression of a law of nature by a particular volition of the Deity, or by the interposition of some invisible agent’.’
      • ‘The storm that stopped the assault was a remarkable interposition of providence.’
      • ‘His solution, of course, was to insert the right of interposition whereby South Carolina would stand as a buffer between the individual and the central government.’
      • ‘The clouds, as if by Divine interposition, were entirely dispersed, and I was once more invited to the grateful task of repeating my observations.’
      • ‘On no one occasion had the Lord deserted His servant; he had been placed in perilous positions very often, but not one instance had occurred in which divine interposition had not delivered him.’
      • ‘Alone among the arts, music addresses and speaks directly to the center of feeling, bypassing altogether, and with no need of the interposition of, the intellectual faculty.’
      • ‘Let people alone, and they will take care of themselves, and do it best; and if they do not, a sufficient punishment will follow their neglect, without the magistrate's interposition and penalties…’
      • ‘We therefore earnestly solicit your Christian interposition to discourage and prevent so obvious an Evil, in such manner as under the influence of Divine Wisdom you shall see meet.’
      • ‘But you have brought separate proceedings seeking, primarily, declarations, also injunctive relief, which would involve your interference or your interposition in the contractual rights of other persons.’
      • ‘Pictures of slain, undersized whales, and the dramatic interposition of tiny Zodiacs between giant whaling ships and their quarry created a media storm when released during an International Whaling Commission meeting.’
      • ‘This idea supported Calhoun's doctrine of interposition or nullification, in which the state governments could refuse to enforce or comply with a policy of the Federal government that threatened the vital interests of the states.’
      • ‘That Hays's political philosophy led him to this position should not result in the belief that he supported nullification and interposition, for he did not.’
      • ‘Restoring the people's ‘unalienable rights’ may well lie in Jeffersonian interposition and nullification, whereby states beat back the federal occupier by voiding unconstitutional federal laws.’
      • ‘It is either intuitive and direct, demonstrative (through the interposition of a third idea), or ‘sensitive’, i.e. based upon perception.’
      involvement, intercession, interceding, interposing
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Late Middle English: from Latin interpositio(n-), from the verb interponere (see interpose).