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    word closest in meaning to imposition

    Hello,

    "The imposition of sanctions against that country would not yield a beneficial result."

    Which word can be a replacement for imposition? Can the word be changed to levying with the meaning remaining intact?

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    Re: word closest in meaning to imposition

    No. Levying means collecting money. You can replace the three words "the imposition of" with imposing, saving fifty percent of the syllables.
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    Re: word closest in meaning to imposition

    I would accept "the levying of sanctions" in the above, but I agree that "imposing sanctions" works better.

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    Re: word closest in meaning to imposition

    What makes you feel that such account works better? Is it intuition or saving on syllables?

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    Re: word closest in meaning to imposition

    Quote Originally Posted by angelsrolls View Post
    What makes you feel that such account works better? Is it intuition or saving on syllables?
    Levying really doesn't work with "sanctions". We use it with taxes or duties, where the power levying the tax or duty collects money. Sanctions are rules restricting trade which are imposed​ on a country.

    In my state, a common issue in elections is a local levy, which means a tax on property. When a tax levy passes, property owners have to pay a percentage of their property's assessed value every year. The village, township, city, or county that collects the tax levies the money.
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    Re: word closest in meaning to imposition

    So you say the scope of the act of levying is confined exclusively to taxes or duties; sanctions aren’t included.

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    Re: word closest in meaning to imposition

    Quote Originally Posted by angelsrolls View Post
    So you say the scope of the act of levying is confined exclusively to taxes or duties; sanctions aren’t included.
    Yes. "To levy" means "to collect". You don't "collect" sanctions.
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    Re: word closest in meaning to imposition

    But the same is true of duties. What do you mean by "collect" and "duty"? I'm asking this because a duty is not something that can be collected.

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    Re: word closest in meaning to imposition

    Quote Originally Posted by angelsrolls View Post
    But the same is true of duties. What do you mean by "collect" and "duty"? I'm asking this because a duty is not something that can be collected.
    Taxes imposed on goods crossing a border are duties. See definitions 8, 9, and 10 here.
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    Re: word closest in meaning to imposition

    Hence the term "duty free".
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