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Pronunciation:  `impu'zishun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the act of imposing something (as a tax or an embargo)
  2. [n]  an uncalled-for burden; "he listened but resented the imposition"

IMPOSITION is a 10 letter word that starts with I.


 Synonyms: infliction
 See Also: burden, encumbrance, enforcement, incumbrance, load, onus, protection, regimentation, reimposition, taxation, trade protection



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Im`po*si"tion\, n. [F., fr. L. impositio the
application of a name to a thing. See {Impone}.]
1. The act of imposing, laying on, affixing, enjoining,
   inflicting, obtruding, and the like. ``From imposition of
   strict laws.'' --Milton.

         Made more solemn by the imposition of hands.

2. That which is imposed, levied, or enjoined; charge;
   burden; injunction; tax.

3. (Eng. Univ.) An extra exercise enjoined on students as a
   punishment. --T. Warton.

4. An excessive, arbitrary, or unlawful exaction; hence, a
   trick or deception put on laid on others; cheating; fraud;
   delusion; imposture.

         Reputation is an idle and most false imposition.

5. (Eccl.) The act of laying on the hands as a religious
   ceremoy, in ordination, confirmation, etc.

6. (Print.) The act or process of imosing pages or columns of
   type. See {Impose}, v. t., 4.

Syn: Deceit; fraud; imposture. See {Deception}.

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