Definition of interposition in English:



mass noun
  • 1The action of interposing someone or something.

    ‘the interposition of members between tiers of management’
    • ‘The interposition of political majorities does not necessarily insulate the state's decision from all criticism.’
    • ‘Calhoun always portrayed nullification as a process designed to preserve the union, but he himself acknowledged that secession could follow interposition if repeated abuses of the Constitution went uncorrected.’
    • ‘The word ‘intervention’ implies interposition, placing oneself between two contending parties and keeping them apart.’
    • ‘The interposition of the inert sub-coat is said to be the obvious step…’
    • ‘As a fleet of Communist junks prepared to cross the straits, the KMT was saved from ejection by the Korean War and the interposition of the American Seventh Fleet.’
    • ‘The only purpose of the interposition of the taxpayer company was to transmute the base metal of an exchange loss on capital account into the pure gold of a revenue loss.’
    • ‘The earlier historical rivalry between Japan and Russia is unlikely to be an issue given the interposition of a powerful Chinese buffer between them and the truncation of Russia itself.’
    • ‘A traditional peacekeeping operation is established when parties to a conflict, typically two states, agree to the interposition of UN troops to uphold a ceasefire.’
    • ‘The trial judge held that the interposition of the management corporation had no bona fide business purpose other than the reduction of income tax.’
    • ‘Aristotle construed the deductive stage of scientific inquiry as the interposition of middle terms between the subject and predicate terms of the statement to be proved.’
    • ‘The temporal continuum is not exhaustible by the interposition of new units and… therefore [cannot] be thought of as a mere collection of units.’
    mediation, intermediation, negotiation, arbitration, conciliation, intervention, interposition, involvement, action
    1. 1.1Interference or intervention.
      ‘he owed the preservation of his throne to the miraculous interposition of a stranger who suddenly appeared in his realm’
      • ‘We therefore earnestly solicit your Christian interposition to discourage and prevent so obvious an Evil, in such manner as under the influence of Divine Wisdom you shall see meet.’
      • ‘Pictures of slain, undersized whales, and the dramatic interposition of tiny Zodiacs between giant whaling ships and their quarry created a media storm when released during an International Whaling Commission meeting.’
      • ‘But you have brought separate proceedings seeking, primarily, declarations, also injunctive relief, which would involve your interference or your interposition in the contractual rights of other persons.’
      • ‘Restoring the people's ‘unalienable rights’ may well lie in Jeffersonian interposition and nullification, whereby states beat back the federal occupier by voiding unconstitutional federal laws.’
      • ‘This idea supported Calhoun's doctrine of interposition or nullification, in which the state governments could refuse to enforce or comply with a policy of the Federal government that threatened the vital interests of the states.’
      • ‘Let people alone, and they will take care of themselves, and do it best; and if they do not, a sufficient punishment will follow their neglect, without the magistrate's interposition and penalties…’
      • ‘On no one occasion had the Lord deserted His servant; he had been placed in perilous positions very often, but not one instance had occurred in which divine interposition had not delivered him.’
      • ‘That Hays's political philosophy led him to this position should not result in the belief that he supported nullification and interposition, for he did not.’
      • ‘The clouds, as if by Divine interposition, were entirely dispersed, and I was once more invited to the grateful task of repeating my observations.’
      • ‘His solution, of course, was to insert the right of interposition whereby South Carolina would stand as a buffer between the individual and the central government.’
      • ‘Alone among the arts, music addresses and speaks directly to the center of feeling, bypassing altogether, and with no need of the interposition of, the intellectual faculty.’
      • ‘A miracle is ‘a transgression of a law of nature by a particular volition of the Deity, or by the interposition of some invisible agent’.’
      • ‘It is either intuitive and direct, demonstrative (through the interposition of a third idea), or ‘sensitive’, i.e. based upon perception.’
      • ‘The storm that stopped the assault was a remarkable interposition of providence.’
      involvement, intercession, interceding, interposing, interposition


Late Middle English from Latin interpositio(n-), from the verb interponere (see interpose).