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circumscription

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noun cir·cum·scrip·tion \ˌsər-kəm-ˈskrip-shən\

Definition of circumscription

  1. 1 :  the act of circumscribing :  the state of being circumscribed: as a :  definition, delimitation <the circumscription of her duties> b :  limitation

  2. 2 :  something that circumscribes: as a :  limit, boundary b :  restriction <a circumscription of his power to act>

  3. 3 :  a circumscribed area or district



Examples of circumscription

  1. <such circumscriptions on the freedom of speech are antithetical to a free and open society>

  2. <electronic monitoring bracelets are sometimes used to impose a circumscription of movement on people awaiting trial>



Origin of circumscription

Latin circumscription-, circumscriptio, from circumscribere


First Known Use: 1531

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