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v. in·ter·posed, in·ter·pos·ing, in·ter·pos·es
a. To insert or introduce between parts: The ice interposes a barrier between the harbor and the islands.
b. To place (oneself) between others or things.
2. To introduce or interject (a comment, for example) during discourse or a conversation. See Synonyms at introduce.
3. To exert (influence or authority) in order to interfere or intervene: interpose one's veto.
1. To come between things; assume an intervening position.
2. To come between the parties in a dispute; intervene.
3. To insert a remark, question, or argument.

[French, from Old French interposer, to intervene, alteration (influenced by poser, to put, place) of Latin interpōnere, to put between : inter-, inter- + pōnere, to put; see apo- in Indo-European roots.]

in′ter·pos′al n.
in′ter·pos′er n.
in′ter·po·si′tion (-pə-zĭsh′ən) n.


1. something interposed
2. the act of interposing or the state of being interposed


(ˌɪn tər pəˈzɪʃ ən)

1. the act of interposing or the state of being interposed.
2. something interposed.
3. the doctrine that an individual state of the U.S. may oppose any federal action it believes encroaches on its sovereignty.
[1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin interpositiō=interposi-, variant s. of interpōnere to place between]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.interposition - the action of interjecting or interposing an action or remark that interrupts
disruption, interruption, gap, break - an act of delaying or interrupting the continuity; "it was presented without commercial breaks"; "there was a gap in his account"
2.interposition - the act or fact of interposing one thing between or among others
locating, positioning, emplacement, location, placement, position - the act of putting something in a certain place
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These include unarmed accompaniment of local activists, monitoring human rights abuses, being a "presence" in areas of conflict, and nonviolent interpositioning.
The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of interpositional temporalis fascia flap in the management of TMJ ankylosis by assessing the maximal mouth opening prior and after the proce- dure and prevention of re-ankylosis after interpositioning.
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