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"imposition" in British English

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impositionnoun

uk   /ˌɪm.pəˈzɪʃ.ən/  us   /ˌɪm.pəˈzɪʃ.ən/
  • imposition noun (EXPECTING)

[S] a ​situation in which someone ​expects another ​person to do something that they do not ​want to do or that is not ​convenient: Would it be too much of an imposition to ​ask you to ​pick my ​parents up from the ​airport?
  • imposition noun (NEW LAW)

[U] the ​introduction of a new ​law or ​system: the imposition of the ​deathpenalty/​martiallaw/​sanctions
(Definition of imposition from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"imposition" in American English

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impositionnoun

 us   /ˌɪm·pəˈzɪʃ·ən/
  • imposition noun (INCONVENIENCE)

[C] something done that ​causesinconvenience to another ​person: I ​hope the ​drive to the ​airport isn’t an imposition.
  • imposition noun (MAKING RULES)

[U] the ​act of ​establishing a ​rule or ​law to be ​obeyed: the imposition of new ​taxes
(Definition of imposition from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"imposition" in Business English

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impositionnoun [U]

uk   us   /ˌɪmpəˈzɪʃən/
the ​introduction of a new ​law , ​tax, ​rule, or punishment: the imposition of ​laws/​legislation/​rules
(Definition of imposition from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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