from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Impressive, as in size, power, or accomplishment: synonym: grand.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Impressive; commanding; stately; striking: as, an imposing manner.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Print.) The act of imposing the columns of a page, or the pages of a sheet. See impose, v. t., 4.
  • noun (Print.) the stone on which the pages or columns of types are imposed or made into forms; -- called also imposing table.
  • adjective Laying as a duty; enjoining.
  • adjective Adapted to impress forcibly; impressive; commanding
  • adjective Deceiving; deluding; misleading.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb Present participle of impose.
  • adjective Magnificent and impressive because of appearance, size, stateliness or dignity.

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

  • adjective used of a person's appearance or behavior; befitting an eminent person
  • adjective impressive in appearance


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  • “The New York rules went too far in imposing burdensome restrictions on legal free speech that do not protect consumers,” said Greg Beck, an attorney for Public Citizen who litigated the case.

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  • Where might symmetry play a useful role in imposing First Amendment constraints on regulations of commercial speech?

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  • Sure, there are some important achievements, but also many tens of billions have been wasted on absurd military space projects or in imposing requirements on the Shuttle (such as its huge down range) for military manned polar recon missions from Vandenberg only to 15 years later realize an astronaut crossing the Van Allen radiation belts 4 times per LEO orbit (every 90 minutes) was not quite a good idea.

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  • The hearing was solely concerned with determining whether the ICC followed the correct procedures in imposing the bans.

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  • One senior European figure deeply involved in the discussions says the gravest fault was committed not in 2011 but in 2010: baking in private sector involvement—the euphemism for imposing losses on government bondholders—as a price for future bailouts.

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  • While the large vessel looked imposing from the outside, the interior was actually cramped.

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  • A later statesmen, Lord Curzon, nearly prevailed in imposing some sort of order; his Polish-Russian line was as close as it ever got to ideal.

    Matthew Yglesias » Carter on Gaza 2009

  • Or maybe Maryland has enviro laws that are particularly broad in imposing liability.

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  • This process has now been going on for 10 years, and will probably go on for another 10 years (unless the US succeeds in imposing another corporate stooge).

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