• WordNet 3.6
    • n imposition the act of imposing something (as a tax or an embargo)
    • n imposition an uncalled-for burden "he listened but resented the imposition"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Imposition An excessive, arbitrary, or unlawful exaction; hence, a trick or deception put on laid on others; cheating; fraud; delusion; imposture. "Reputation is an idle and most false imposition ."
    • Imposition (Eng. Univ) An extra exercise enjoined on students as a punishment.
    • Imposition That which is imposed, levied, or enjoined; charge; burden; injunction; tax.
    • Imposition The act of imposing, laying on, affixing, enjoining, inflicting, obtruding, and the like. "From imposition of strict laws.""Made more solemn by the imposition of hands."
    • Imposition (Eccl) The act of laying on the hands as a religious ceremoy, in ordination, confirmation, etc.
    • Imposition (Print) The act or process of imosing pages or columns of type. See Impose v. t., 4.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n imposition A placing, putting, or laying on: as, the imposition of hands in ordination or confirmation.
    • n imposition The act of positing or fixing; affixment; attachment: with on or upon.
    • n imposition A laying or placing as a burden or obligation; the act of levying, enjoining, enforcing, or inflicting: as, the imposition of taxes or of laws.
    • n imposition In printing, the laying of pages of type or plates upon an imposing-stone or the bed of a press, and securing them in a chase. See impose, v. t., 6.
    • n imposition That which is laid on, enjoined, levied, enforced, or inflicted, as a burden, tax, duty, or restriction; specifically (in the plural), in English history, duties upon imports and exports imposed at the pleasure of the king.
    • n imposition A trick or deception; a fraud; an imposture.
    • n imposition An exercise imposed upon a student as a punishment; a task.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Imposition a laying on: laying on of hands in ordination: a tax, a burden: a deception
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  • R. A. Pinker
    R. A. Pinker
    “The imposition of stigma is the commonest form of violence used in democratic societies.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. L. impositio, the application of a name to a thing. See Impone
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. imposer—L. in, on, ponĕre, to place.


In literature:

Before these masterpieces of deception the most ingenious of human impositions are vulgar and transparent.
"The Human Side of Animals" by Royal Dixon
He seemed to show great fortitude, but it was all an imposition upon the public.
"The Ontario Readers: The High School Reader, 1886" by Ministry of Education
I have had imposition, ingratitude, insincerity and advantages taken of me because I kept my poise and serenity.
"Evening Round Up" by William Crosbie Hunter
There were no less than eighty-three passengers on board his boat, all of whom resisted the imposition.
"Béarn and the Pyrenees" by Louisa Stuart Costello
Without a favorable culture political schemes are a mere imposition.
"A Preface to Politics" by Walter Lippmann
These remain after the imposition of the duty just as they were before.
"Sophisms of the Protectionists" by Frederic Bastiat
But no letters, except post-paid, can be received by him; otherwise a door would be opened for frolic, imposition, and impertinence.
"Notes and Queries, Number 187, May 28, 1853" by Various
I at once purchased them, although I regarded the matter as an imposition.
"Young Americans Abroad" by Various
Should she be consecrated by the imposition of the bishop's hands?
"Deaconesses in Europe" by Jane M. Bancroft
Instead of a doctrine of creation, we have a doctrine of evolution from chaos to the imposition of eternal laws.
"The Religion of Babylonia and Assyria" by Morris Jastrow

In news:

CAIRO (AP) — Hundreds of ultraconservative Egyptian Islamists have held a protest in Cairo to demand the imposition of Shariah , or Islamic law.
Review the final report of the Private Transfer Tax Task Force which summarizes the problems associated with the imposition of private transfer tax es (PTTs) on homebuyers.
IN RAW economic terms Barack Obama's imposition of tariffs on Chinese tyres hardly registers.
Norberg could have faced up to life in prison if convicted of gross sexual imposition.
They fear the imposition of social restrictions.
CAIRO – Hundreds of ultraconservative Egyptian Islamists have held a protest in Cairo to demand the imposition of Shariah, or Islamic law.
The Marysville City Council on Tuesday repealed the city's former imposition of a police employee contract that went into effect last month.
0Dearborn's mayor says it's ludicrous to say his Detroit suburb is under threat from the imposition of the Islamic religious code called Sharia, and creators of "The Simpsons" TV show have given the idea a humorous twist.
Albert Moore pleaded guilty to two counts of rape and one count of gross sexual imposition involving three victims.
Welcoming the imposition in Australia on Saturday of mandatory plain packaging for tobacco products, an anti-tobacco campaigner said there was still more that could be done, according to an Australian Associated Press (AAP) story.
Wilburn Bever was originally arrested on a charge of gross sexual imposition.
That's when officers arrested Eric Hicks and charged him two counts of rape and gross sexual imposition.
Steven Wentworth of Pleasant City faces numerous charges including three felony counts of gross sexual imposition.
In- RIP imposition for four-up as well as two-up conventional printing and digital printing.
A Stay Of Imposition was also ordered.

In science:

For that reason, the imposition of some relations between them, in particular of the Lorenz gauge, leads to restrictions on the reference frames one can invoke.
Ludwig Valentin Lorenz is the discoverer of the "Lorenz gauge"!
Entwurf theory that is covariant only under general linear transformations, Einstein writes that there must indeed exist (in this case unknown) generally covariant equations that become the Entwurf equations with the imposition of an appropriate coordinate condition.
Book Review: The Genesis of General Relativity
With this we can finally conclude that it is impossible to have a fourth reflection, since for this to happen the particle would have to have entered in the cavity with an angle ϕ < ϕ0 , as we have just finished showing — something which would contradict our initial imposition, ϕ > ϕ0 .
Two-dimensional body of maximum mean resistance
Irrespective of this outcome it should be remembered that the dichotomy observed here for modes on an infinite radial domain is a consequence of the imposition of exponential decay of the disturbances.
Low magnetic-Prandtl number flow configurations for cold astrophysical disk models: speculation and analysis
The situation is complicated by the fact that the spin foam quantization is performed in terms of the spin connection ω I J , whereas the LQG states are constructed using the so called Ashtekar-Barbero (AB) connection Aa [10, 11], requiring moreover the imposition of a partial gauge fixing.
The new vertices and canonical quantization