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Pronunciation:  `limi'teyshun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  an act of limiting or restricting (as by regulation)
  2. [n]  the quality of being limited or restricted; "it is a good plan but it has serious limitations"
  3. [n]  a principle that limits the extent of something; "I am willing to accept certain restrictions on my movements"
  4. [n]  the greatest amount of something that is possible or allowed; "there are limits on the amount you can bet"; "it is growing rapidly with no limitation in sight"
  5. [n]  (in law) a time period after which suits cannot be brought; "statute of limitations"

LIMITATION is a 10 letter word that starts with L.


 Synonyms: limit, restriction, restriction, restriction
 See Also: arms control, clampdown, cutoff, disadvantage, extremum, freeze, indefinite quantity, load-shedding, peak, quantification, regulating, regulation, regulation, restraint, rule, time limit



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Lim`i*ta"tion\ (-t[=a]"sh[u^]n), n. [L. limitatio:
cf. F. limitation. See {Limit}, v. t.]
1. The act of limiting; the state or condition of being
   limited; as, the limitation of his authority was approved
   by the council.

         They had no right to mistake the limitation . . . of
         their own faculties, for an inherent limitation of
         the possible modes of existence in the universe.
                                               --J. S. Mill.

2. That which limits; a restriction; a qualification; a
   restraining condition, defining circumstance, or
   qualifying conception; as, limitations of thought.

         The cause of error is ignorance what restraints and
         limitations all principles have in regard of the
         matter whereunto they are applicable. --Hooker.

3. A certain precinct within which friars were allowed to
   beg, or exercise their functions; also, the time during
   which they were permitted to exercise their functions in
   such a district. --Chaucer. Latimer.

4. A limited time within or during which something is to be

         You have stood your limitation, and the tribunes
         Endue you with the people's voice.    --Shak.

5. (Law)
   (a) A certain period limited by statute after which the
       claimant shall not enforce his claims by suit.
   (b) A settling of an estate or property by specific rules.
   (c) A restriction of power; as, a constitutional
       limitation. --Wharton. Bouvier.

{To know one's own limitations}, to know the reach and limits
   of one's abilities. --A. R. Wallace.

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