Definition of imposition noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌɪmpəˈzɪʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌɪmpəˈzɪʃn//
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  1. 1[uncountable] the act of introducing something such as a new law or rule, or a new tax the imposition of martial law the imposition of tax on domestic fuel
  2. 2[countable] an unfair or unreasonable thing that somebody expects or asks you to do I'd like to stay if it's not too much of an imposition.
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: from Latin impositio(n-), from the verb imponere ‘inflict, deceive’ (from in- ‘in, upon’ + ponere ‘put’), but influenced by impositus ‘inflicted’ and Old French poser ‘to place’.Extra examples She felt the journey to be an unwelcome imposition on her time. resisting the imposition of VAT on fuel the imposition of tax on books the unilateral imposition of import quotas
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: imposition