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Definition of Imposition


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

Imposition Quotations

Reputation is an idle and most false imposition; oft got without merit, and lost without deserving.
William Shakespeare

If an educational act is to be efficacious, it will be only that one which tends to help toward the complete unfolding of life. To be thus helpful it is necessary rigorously to avoid the arrest of spontaneous movements and the imposition of arbitrary tasks.
Maria Montessori

Fashion is an imposition, a reign on freedom.
Golda Meir

What is illiberal is not persuasion but imposition of one's views.
Richard Dawkins

The private citizen, beset by partisan appeals for the loan of his Public Opinion, will soon see, perhaps, that these appeals are not a compliment to his intelligence, but an imposition on his good nature and an insult to his sense of evidence.
Walter Lippmann
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Imposition Translations

imposition in German is Strafarbeit {f}, Auferlegung {f}

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