What does imposition mean?

Definitions for impositionˌɪm pəˈzɪʃ ən

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word imposition.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. imposition, infliction(noun)

    the act of imposing something (as a tax or an embargo)

  2. imposition(noun)

    an uncalled-for burden

    "he listened but resented the imposition"


  1. imposition(Noun)

    The act of imposing, laying on, affixing, enjoining, inflicting, obtruding, and the like.

  2. imposition(Noun)

    That which is imposed, levied, or enjoined.

  3. imposition(Noun)

    An excessive, arbitrary, or unlawful exaction; hence, a trick or deception put or laid on others.

  4. imposition(Noun)

    Arrangement of a printed productu2019s pages on the printer's sheet so as to have the pages in proper order in the final product.

  5. imposition(Noun)

    A practice of laying hands on a person in a religious ceremony; used e.g. in confirmation and ordination.

  6. imposition(Noun)

    A task imposed on a student as punishment.

  7. Origin: From impositio

Webster Dictionary

  1. Imposition(noun)

    the act of imposing, laying on, affixing, enjoining, inflicting, obtruding, and the like

  2. Imposition(noun)

    that which is imposed, levied, or enjoined; charge; burden; injunction; tax

  3. Imposition(noun)

    an extra exercise enjoined on students as a punishment

  4. Imposition(noun)

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

  5. Imposition(noun)

    the act of laying on the hands as a religious ceremoy, in ordination, confirmation, etc

  6. Imposition(noun)

    the act or process of imosing pages or columns of type. See Impose, v. t., 4


  1. Imposition

    Imposition is one of the fundamental steps in the prepress printing process. It consists in the arrangement of the printed product’s pages on the printer’s sheet, in order to obtain faster printing, simplify binding and reduce paper waste. Correct imposition minimizes printing time by maximizing the number of pages per impression, reducing cost of press time and materials. To achieve this, the printed sheet must be filled as fully as possible.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of imposition in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of imposition in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. William Shakespeare:

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

  2. Paul Grimm:

    It was an imposition, so I think it’s really impressive that almost every single family except for one elected to continue taking cysteamine.

  3. Mary Ann Hinsdale:

    When this started out it was seen as an imposition and unfair. I still think a lot of people would say that, but I think we tried to turn it around so that we in fact could tell the real story of who we are.

  4. Bill Wulf:

    There is only one nature - the division into science and engineering is a human imposition, not a natural one. Indeed, the division is a human failure it reflects our limited capacity to comprehend the whole.

  5. Prosecutor Jarrett Ferentino:

    We are not talking about fear. We are not talking about fright. We are talking about terror and torture with a capital T. Prosecutor Jarrett J. Ferentino (arguing for the imposition of dearly upon serial killer Hugo Selenski)

Images & Illustrations of imposition

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Translations for imposition

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • imposiciónSpanish
  • laiskanläksy, liittäminen, määrääminen, kieltäminen, asettaminen, määräys, kättenpäällepaneminen, kielto, huijaus, maksuFinnish
  • byrdeNorwegian
  • rukopolaganjeSerbo-Croatian

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