self-im·​posed ˌself-im-ˈpōzd How to pronounce self-imposed (audio)
: imposed by oneself : voluntarily assumed
a self-imposed deadline
living in self-imposed exile

Examples of self-imposed in a Sentence

if the candidates all follow self-imposed campaign-spending limits, government oversight is unnecessary
Recent Examples on the Web But Rose Welch, lead organizer for the union that represents 650 to 700 workers at Kauffman Stadium – Service Employees International Union Local 1 – says the time schedule set by the Royals is self-imposed. Mike Hendricks, Kansas City Star, 25 Mar. 2024 Michigan self-imposed a three-game suspension on Harbaugh at the beginning of this season, trying to mitigate future penalties after an attempt to settle the matter was rejected by the NCAA Committee on Infractions. Ralph D. Russo, USA TODAY, 10 Jan. 2024 Granted, living in a big city means a faster pace of life, but my crazy diary-filling regime was entirely self-imposed. Chiara Wilkinson, Vogue, 14 Feb. 2024 The actor felt pressure, wholly self-imposed, to live up to those notices. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, 29 Nov. 2023 Herm Edwards slammed for hypocritical comments after Arizona State football's bowl ban Why administration self-imposed a bowl ban The ASU administration stated that a postseason ban would help pave the way for program stability and greater clarity going forward during the ongoing investigation. Jenna Ortiz, The Arizona Republic, 30 Aug. 2023 Arizona State has self-imposed a postseason ban for the 2023 season amid allegations of recruiting violations during the tenure of former head coach Herm Edwards. Creg Stephenson |, al, 28 Aug. 2023 Tennessee had previously self-imposed a reduction of 16 scholarships, meaning the NCAA added 12. Creg Stephenson |, al, 14 July 2023 The following year, Auburn went 13-14 and self-imposed a postseason ban. Tom Green |, al, 19 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1657, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of self-imposed was in 1657

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“Self-imposed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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: imposed on one by oneself : voluntarily assumed
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