IMPOSITION (from Lat. imponere, to place or lay unon), in ecclesiastical usage, the " laying on " of hands by a bishop at the services of confirmation and ordination as a sign that some special spiritual gift is conferred, or that the recipient is set apart for some special service or work. The word is also used of the levying of a burdensome or unfair tax or duty, and of a penalty, and hence is applied to a punishment task given to a schoolboy. From " impose " in the sense of " to pass off " on some one, imposition means also a trick or deception. In the printing trade the term is used of the arrangement of pages of type in the " forme," being one of the stages between composing and printing.
Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)