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circumscription

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

Definition of CIRCUMSCRIPTION

1
:  the act of circumscribing :  the state of being circumscribed: as
a :  definition, delimitation <the circumscription of her duties>
b :  limitation
2
:  something that circumscribes: as
a :  limit, boundary
b :  restriction <a circumscription of his power to act>
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

Rhymes with CIRCUMSCRIPTION

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