ambit

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noun am·bit \ˈam-bət\

Definition of ambit

  1. 1 :  circuit, compass

  2. 2 :  the bounds or limits of a place or district

  3. 3 :  a sphere of action, expression, or influence :  scope

Examples of ambit in a sentence

  1. <many feel that church leaders stray outside of their proper ambit when they make specific political endorsements>

Did You Know?

Ambit is a rather formal term, often used by lawyers, as in, "With this new legislation, tobacco now falls within the ambit of FDA regulation". It almost always refers to something abstract rather than an actual physical range. So, for example, an immigrant might live completely within the ambit of her immigrant community until she started college, where she might find herself in a much broader social ambit. Most of the Latin American colonies were established by Spain, but in the 19th century, as the U.S. became stronger and Spain became weaker, they began to enter the ambit of U.S. power.

Origin and Etymology of ambit

Middle English, from Latin ambitus, from ambire


First Known Use: 1597


AMBIT Defined for English Language Learners

ambit

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noun am·bit \ˈam-bət\

Definition of ambit for English Language Learners

  • : the range or limit that is covered by something (such as a law)


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