Definition of imposition in English:



  • 1The action or process of imposing something or of being imposed.

    ‘the imposition of martial law’
    • ‘Five million people have died in the past five years in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and yet there has been no imposition of sanctions on the various factions and precious little in the way of condemnation either.’
    • ‘They can't understand this latest imposition on their way of life.’
    • ‘The imposition of luxury tax on five-star hotels by State Governments also does not help the tourist.’
    • ‘Similarly, consider the president's imposition of steel tariffs that were obviously inconsistent with his free trade principles.’
    • ‘It seems to me that this is a totally unnecessary imposition by government on neglected and over bureaucratised rural villagers.’
    • ‘‘It may lead to imposition of an unofficial embargo on the region,’ the Macedonian minister said.’
    • ‘There's a large swathe of opinion in Britain that regards the EU as some foreign imposition designed to undermine the imperial glory that is Britain.’
    • ‘The government's imposition of arbitrated settlements appears to have backfired: teachers continue to hold fast for improved classroom conditions.’
    • ‘And he said the weapons inspectors must be ‘given time to complete their task and there must be no imposition of artificial deadlines.’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As organisers yesterday confirmed the event will go ahead on December 7, there were more clashes despite the deployment of hundreds of police and soldiers and imposition of a curfew.’
    • ‘Hence it is probably safe to assume that a far more mature media, with a lot of money muscle and political connections now, would oppose any such imposition with the same, or perhaps more, zeal.’
    • ‘Repression after a while does not need imposition by the regime, it is more effective when self-imposed through fear, resignation and apathy.’
    • ‘This type of power - a culture that radiates outward and a market that draws inward - rests on pull, not on push; on acceptance, not on imposition.’
    • ‘These solutions reek of elitism, of rule from above, of imposition.’
    • ‘As it is, the plan smacks of imperialist imposition of values - like the cleanliness of the 19th century, but with more supporting television programs.’
    • ‘The central aspect of free trade, as the name implies, is the free flow of goods into and out of countries without any imposition of tariffs.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A philosophy of mutual support and teamwork means that decisions are arrived at through consultation rather than by imposition.’
    tax, levy, duty, charge, tariff, toll, excise, tithe, fee, impost, exaction, payment
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  • 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’
    • ‘Cllr Brian Stanley said that it was a severe imposition of people working in the town to have to pay weekly car parking charges.’
    • ‘Especially a scenario made all the more bothersome by the strange imposition of the exclusive use of a solitary word.’
    • ‘King suggests that the imposition of fines on member states that are already struggling defeats the purpose.’
    • ‘The key debate was around the future of the long-running dispute over low pay and management's imposition of a discriminatory pay assessment scheme.’
    • ‘The power to control was originally limited to the imposition of conditions.’
    • ‘The second piece of legislation which Darling proposed was the imposition of a stamp duty.’
    • ‘The prospect has alarmed the City of London, where many banks fear the imposition of new EU regulations on the financial services sector.’
    • ‘Fiji, South Korea, China and Pakistan were highlighted for strike-breaking and the imposition of heavy prison terms and fines.’
    • ‘Earlier this year, the company began negotiations with the TGWU regarding the imposition of a new contract on its workforce.’
    • ‘The dictates of scheduling and age profile are a product of the increasing imposition of marketing priorities and not the instincts of broadcasting.’
    • ‘I had mixed feelings, however, about the imposition of Western literary references on the study.’
    • ‘Originally they were such proceedings, but the prosecutor did not seek the imposition of a penalty.’
    • ‘There has been no analysis whatsoever of what impact the levy and cost impositions will have on registered motor vehicle dealers.’
    • ‘Instead he is talking of changing legislation to allow the imposition of martial law.’
    • ‘The first point to note is that the imposition of a transaction tax would be completely ineffective in the face of such global capital flows.’
    • ‘It should be noted that under this provision, the imposition of terms and conditions is not mandatory but discretionary on the court.’
    • ‘Boucher refused to speculate when asked if the action could lead to the imposition of emergency or postponement of general elections in Pakistan.’
    • ‘The World Bank has been particularly outspoken on this issue, with the imposition of fees a condition for higher education lending in several countries.’
    • ‘Policies based on downsizing the public sector and the imposition of tight monetary policies had often undermined growth and hampered technological progress.’
    • ‘There are no sanctions mandated by the agreement, but US laws permit imposition of sanctions against violators.’
    burden, load, onus, encumbrance, strain, demand, pressure, charge, bother, worry
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    1. 2.1 A tax or duty.
      • ‘Replacement funds were presumably provided by the Athenian élite through liturgies, impositions of property and ‘semi-voluntary’ subscriptions.’
      • ‘Some of these arrangements may represent colonial impositions, others the continuation or adaptation of tributes and services owed to pre-conquest overlords.’
      tax, levy, duty, charge, tariff, toll, excise, tithe, fee, impost, exaction, payment
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    2. 2.2Christian Church The laying-on of hands, as in blessing or ordination.
  • 3Printing
    The imposing of pages of type.

    1. 3.1 A particular arrangement of imposed pages.
      ‘some samples of 16-page impositions’
      • ‘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).