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[self-im-pohzd, self-] /ˈsɛlf ɪmˈpoʊzd, ˌsɛlf-/
imposed on one by oneself:
a self-imposed task.
Origin of self-imposed
1775-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • But, as a rule, no great writer ever ran more gaily under his self-imposed yoke.

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

    The Hound From The North Ridgwell Cullum
  • Every profession that is freely chosen is in the nature of a self-imposed discipline.

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

    Measure for a Loner James Judson Harmon
  • Thus far I did not even know whether my husband thought of me sometimes in his self-imposed exile.

    The Law and the Lady Wilkie Collins
British Dictionary definitions for self-imposed


(of a task, role, or circumstance) having been imposed on oneself by oneself
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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