[ self-im-pohzd, self- ]

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

Origin of self-imposed

First recorded in 1775–85

Words Nearby self-imposed Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use self-imposed in a sentence

  • 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
  • Still girls are told they ought to wait patiently, and not to be eager for self-imposed duties.

    The Daisy Chain | Charlotte Yonge
  • A dozen times he approached the door in an angry revulsion against his self-imposed test, and a dozen times passed on.

    The Woman Gives | Owen Johnson
  • When he came back at last to the house, Myra was there, busy at her self-imposed tasks in those neglected rooms.

    The Hidden Places | Bertrand W. Sinclair
  • The patient then withdraws into himself, and in his self-imposed isolation, he conjures up imaginary companionship.

    Dearest | Henry Beam Piper

British Dictionary definitions for self-imposed


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

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