[self-im-pohzd, self-]


imposed on one by oneself: a self-imposed task.

Origin of self-imposed

First recorded in 1775–85 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of self-imposed

  • And so she came to Lonely Ranch on her self-imposed errand of justice.

  • That it might be able to lighten the burden of this self-imposed labour.

  • It was as if she had grown impatient at last of the self-imposed delay.

  • Unlike Johnson, all the rest had reasons for their self-imposed loneliness.

    Measure for a Loner

    James Judson Harmon

  • To yield to it, is to fetter our life with self-imposed and fantastic chains.

    Joyous Gard

    Arthur Christopher Benson

British Dictionary definitions for self-imposed



(of a task, role, or circumstance) having been imposed on oneself by oneself
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