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from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. That or who imposes a rule.
  • n. One who imposes a rule.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Imposing; competent to impose, as an obligation.
  • n. One who imposes; one who enjoins or prescribes.

Etymologies

From Latin impōnēns ("laying aside"), present active participle of impōnō ("put upon"), from im- + pōnō ("put, place"). (Wiktionary)

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