Definition of interposition in US English:

interposition

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.’
    • ‘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 temporal continuum is not exhaustible by the interposition of new units and… therefore [cannot] be thought of as a mere collection of units.’
    • ‘The word ‘intervention’ implies interposition, placing oneself between two contending parties and keeping them apart.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘The interposition of the inert sub-coat is said to be the obvious step…’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It is either intuitive and direct, demonstrative (through the interposition of a third idea), or ‘sensitive’, i.e. based upon perception.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The clouds, as if by Divine interposition, were entirely dispersed, and I was once more invited to the grateful task of repeating my observations.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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…’
      • ‘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 storm that stopped the assault was a remarkable interposition of providence.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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’.’
      • ‘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.’
      involvement, intercession, interceding, interposing
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Origin

Late Middle English: from Latin interpositio(n-), from the verb interponere (see interpose).

Pronunciation

interposition

/ˌɪn(t)ərpəˈzɪʃ(ə)n//ˌin(t)ərpəˈziSH(ə)n/