laid on by someone, especially an authority, as something to be endured, obeyed, paid, etc.:Offenders receive swiftly imposed but meaningful community service assignments, which the court monitors daily for compliance.
thrust or forced upon someone else, as one’s tastes, ideas, company, etc.:I pray for my children to grow confidently into who they have been created to be, free from the pressure of imposed reputation and expectation.
created or established forcibly or artificially rather than developing naturally:All living systems organize and reorganize themselves into adaptive patterns and structures without any externally imposed plan or direction.
the simple past tense and past participle of impose.
- sub·im·posed, adjective
- un·im·posed, adjective
- well-im·posed, adjective
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How to use imposed in a sentence
The bank has been suffering from costs associated with a regulatory crackdown over its unethical sales practices, and the Fed has imposed strict limits on its growth.
The governor has relied on contact tracing data and other information to guide which restrictions to impose.Maryland’s coronavirus numbers are going up. Here’s what you need to know. | Erin Cox | November 20, 2020 | Washington Post
The key idea that Best starts with is what’s known as the principle of training specificity, which basically says that your body adapts to get better at handling whatever stresses you impose on it.
The death sentences before the court, he wrote, “were imposed for heinous federal crimes committed more than 20 years ago” and family members of the 16-year-old victim, he said, were waiting in Terre Haute to witness the execution.Orlando Hall executed after Supreme Court declined to intervene | Ann Marimow | November 19, 2020 | Washington Post
The settlement includes the city taking responsibility for a civil judgment Burley owes to Davis’s family that was imposed in 2014 and has since grown with interest as it went unpaid.Baltimore approves more than $10 million in new police settlements | Justin Fenton | November 18, 2020 | Washington Post
The penalty is only rarely imposed, as members often resign before they can be voted out of Congress.
Both state and federal rulings have imposed additional punishments on women by dint of the fact they were pregnant.States Slap Pregnant Women With Harsher Jail Sentences | Emily Shire | December 12, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Padre Goyo got back to Mexico in May from a three-month hiatus that he called a self-imposed exile in Europe.
Her wealthy family imposed its own monetary and social punishment for stepping outside the sorority.Stepford Sororities: The Pressures of USC’s Greek Life | Maya Richard Craven | November 17, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
A nighttime curfew that was imposed a few weeks ago seems barely enforced now—no doubt to the relief of the women at the Ramada.
It was he who deserved punishment—not the sufferer with his calamities imposed upon him by his erring sire.
If the owner has imposed no terms on him, then he has the implied authority usually existing in such cases.Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman | Albert Sidney Bolles
It was out of the question that he should return to the Residency before he began his self-imposed mission.The Red Year | Louis Tracy
Immediately after the passing of the Act of 1888 the railway companies vigorously attacked the work imposed upon them.Fifty Years of Railway Life in England, Scotland and Ireland | Joseph Tatlow
However that may be, the Government have imposed upon the Irish railways a burden of working expenses which they cannot bear.Fifty Years of Railway Life in England, Scotland and Ireland | Joseph Tatlow