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To impose upon


  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • To impose upon to pass or put a trick on; to delude; to cheat; to defraud.
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  • T. S. Eliot
    “If you haven't the strength to impose your own terms upon life, you must accept the terms it offers you.”
  • Benito Mussolini
    Benito Mussolini
    “War alone brings up to their highest tension all human energies and imposes the stamp of nobility upon the peoples who have the courage to make it.”


In literature:

The Anglo-Saxon has a born dislike of being imposed upon, and to Alf this was sheer robbery!
"Dutch Courage and Other Stories" by Jack London
Though they might choose to pass as husband and wife among strangers, they could hardly expect to impose upon me.
"The Doctor's Dilemma" by Hesba Stretton
I've got pluck enough not to stand being imposed upon.
"Sheila of Big Wreck Cove" by James A. Cooper
It was dreadful to impose upon them.
"The Mystery of Mary" by Grace Livingston Hill
She had to curb her impatience however for a time, for Mrs. Ehrenreich did not approve of imposing upon people who were inclined to be neighborly.
"Uncle Titus and His Visit to the Country" by Johanna Spyri
If we cannot give freedom to every creature, let us do nothing that will impose slavery upon any other creature.
"Speeches and Letters of Abraham Lincoln, 1832-1865" by Abraham Lincoln
You have taken advantage of my unprotected condition to impose upon me.
"Hatchie, the Guardian Slave; or, The Heiress of Bellevue" by Warren T. Ashton
We are seeing a whole people stand up and decline any longer to be imposed upon.
"The New Freedom" by Woodrow Wilson
Generalities are indeed essential to understanding, which is apt to impose them hastily upon particulars.
"The Life of Reason" by George Santayana
The task, he said, which you have imposed upon us, we will endeavour to execute.
"A Dialogue Concerning Oratory, Or The Causes Of Corrupt Eloquence" by Cornelius Tacitus
He aspired to impose new forms upon the drama.
"Diderot and the Encyclopaedists (Vol 1 of 2)" by John Morley
Separation from what is our own ought not to be imposed upon us even by God Himself!
"Lazarre" by Mary Hartwell Catherwood
He was too willing to be imposed upon by young authors and would-be poets.
"Memories and Anecdotes" by Kate Sanborn
You did so soon after the last war, when, upon this principle, you ventured to impose a duty on coals.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. II. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
Were you not so anxious to find your brother, in order to quiet your conscience, that you were easily imposed upon.
"Sevenoaks" by J. G. Holland
It is a crying pity that children are equal to the task imposed upon them.
"The Woman Who Toils" by Mrs. John Van Vorst and Marie Van Vorst
You won't allow them to impose upon me so shamefully.
"If Only etc." by Francis Clement Philips and Augustus Harris
To encourage domestic manufactures he imposed a very heavy duty upon all articles of foreign manufacture.
"The Empire of Austria; Its Rise and Present Power" by John S. C. Abbott
In according to their request, I feel I have imposed upon myself a somewhat difficult task.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 623, December 10, 1887" by Various
Look to it, Munro: I will not much longer submit to be imposed upon.
"Guy Rivers: A Tale of Georgia" by William Gilmore Simms

In poetry:

If there be to your malice no limit imposed,
And you purpose hereafter to rule with the rod
The men upon whom you already have closed
Our goodly domain and the temples of God:
"Coercion: A Poem For Then And Now" by John Reuben Thompson

In news:

Wendell leaders have been trying to decide just how much regulation should be imposed upon rental property owners.
Could it be that one of the world's most common rock-forming minerals, quartz, will become the latest symbol of the difficulties America faces when it attempts to impose its will upon other nations.
It seems to be a most natural impulse for parents to want to impart, if not impose, cultural tastes and attitudes upon their children.
The other 38 states, including West Virginia and Tennessee, have either abolished the office completely, imposed restrictions or obligations upon it or provided for local control to accomplish those tasks.

In science:

The vector fields X for which the above manipulations are expected to give conserved charges are those vector fields whose asymptotic values at conformal infinity leave the boundary conditions imposed upon the fields Φ invariant.
Asymptotic generators of fermionic charges and boundary conditions preserving supersymmetry
The root of the tree Tv is defined to be the equivalence class, and is denoted by ρv . A natural volume measure to impose upon Tv is the pro jection of the Lebesgue measure on [0, τ (v)].
Hausdorff measure of arcs and Brownian motion on Brownian spatial trees
The root of the tree Tf is defined to be the equivalence class, and is denoted by ρf . A natural volume measure to impose upon Tf is the pro jection of Lebesgue measure on [0, τ (f )].
Self-similarity and spectral asymptotics for the continuum random tree
On the other hand, in the case where there is no time-scale separation, this generalized version of Van Hove’s method not only imposes randomness upon the microscopic dynamics, but it also transmits randomness to the macroscopic level.
Fractional Calculus as a Macroscopic Manifestation of Randomness
For spin-1/2 particles Ref. does not appear to impose upon us a similar helicity dependence but of course in a context in which photons experience such a complete correlation of the effect with helicity it would be awkward to assume that instead for electrons the effect is completely helicity independent.
A perspective on Quantum Gravity Phenomenology
We impose the following boundary condition upon the Euclidean time coordinate: ‘Time period’= 1 2πT where T =temperature and  is set to 1.
Finite temperature corrections and embedded strings in noncommutative geometry and the standard model with neutrino mixing
However, this reduction of motion cannot lead to an equivalent noise suppression effect upon the target mass m because of the constraint imposed by the frictioninduced fluctuation relation described above.
Noise Suppression for Micromechanical Resonator via Intrinsic Dynamic Feedback
During matter domination, we typically find k/(aH ) ≫ 1 for sub-horizon modes relevant to linear perturbation theory, and Ωφ ∼ O (cid:0)10−2Ωm (cid:1) (this is largely dependent upon the initial conditions imposed, however this is a conservative upper bound on how large Ωφ can be during matter domination).
Fab 5: Noncanonical Kinetic Gravity, Self Tuning, and Cosmic Acceleration
It will also be seen that the conditions ultrametricity imposes upon M are stringent enough to actually yield a large number of the eigenvalues in closed form.
Block diagonalizing ultrametric matrices
They are just a metaphysical constraint we wish to impose upon Nature.
Quantum Mechanics as a Classical Theory IV: The Negative Mass Conjecture
Lett. 32, 573 (1995). The vanishing of the penetration depth linearly in T − Tc must be imposed upon the dual disorder field theory for the same reason as one must set m2 ∝ T − Tc in φ4 theories to study critical phenomena.
Comment on "Continuum dual theory of the transition in 3D lattice superconductor"
We adopt the concept proposed by Chisholm of a curved spacetime with a Clifford structure imposed upon it (in order to describe quantum particles with spin in a curved space).
Physical Applications of a Generalized Clifford Calculus (Papapetrou equations and Metamorphic Curvature)
Upon further increase of the imposed pressure the Tc of Hg-1223 (as derived from the onset of the resistive transition) was shown to increase to 153 K at 15 GPa, 157 K at 23.5 GPa, and 150 K at 11 GPa, respectively.
High Pressure Effects on Superconductivity
When there is a symmetry group G acting upon the parameter space, one has the following requirement to impose: The original parameter space is invariant under the group G.
Quantum Mechanics from Focusing and Symmetry
Basic laws of dynamics imply that the interaction between the system and reservoir will impose upon the system dissipation effects due to energy exchange, and forcing effects due to the motion of the reservoir degrees of freedom.
Lack of initial conditions dependence of fluctuations in warm inflation