Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act of imposing or the condition of being imposed.
  • n. Something imposed, such as a tax, an undue burden, or a fraud.
  • n. A burdensome or unfair demand, as upon someone's time: listened to the telemarketer but resented the imposition.
  • n. Printing The arrangement of printed matter to form a sequence of pages.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of imposing, laying on, affixing, enjoining, inflicting, obtruding, and the like.
  • n. That which is imposed, levied, or enjoined.
  • n. An excessive, arbitrary, or unlawful exaction; hence, a trick or deception put or laid on others.
  • n. Arrangement of a printed product’s pages on the printer's sheet so as to have the pages in proper order in the final product.
  • n. A practice of laying hands on a person in a religious ceremony; used e.g. in confirmation and ordination.
  • n. A task imposed on a student as punishment.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of imposing, laying on, affixing, enjoining, inflicting, obtruding, and the like.
  • n. That which is imposed, levied, or enjoined; charge; burden; injunction; tax.
  • n. An extra exercise enjoined on students as a punishment.
  • n. An excessive, arbitrary, or unlawful exaction; hence, a trick or deception put on laid on others; cheating; fraud; delusion; imposture.
  • n. The act of laying on the hands as a religious ceremoy, in ordination, confirmation, etc.
  • n. The act or process of imosing pages or columns of type. See Impose, v. t., 4.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A placing, putting, or laying on: as, the imposition of hands in ordination or confirmation.
  • n. The act of positing or fixing; affixment; attachment: with on or upon.
  • n. 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. 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. 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. A trick or deception; a fraud; an imposture.
  • n. An exercise imposed upon a student as a punishment; a task.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the act of imposing something (as a tax or an embargo)
  • n. an uncalled-for burden

Etymologies

From Latin impositio (Wiktionary)

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