cir·​cum·​scrip·​tion | \ ˌsər-kəm-ˈskrip-shən How to pronounce circumscription (audio) \

Definition of circumscription

1 : the act of circumscribing : the state of being circumscribed: such as
a : definition, delimitation the circumscription of her duties
2 : something that circumscribes: such as
b : restriction a circumscription of his power to act
3 : a circumscribed area or district

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Examples of circumscription in a Sentence

such circumscriptions on the freedom of speech are antithetical to a free and open society electronic monitoring bracelets are sometimes used to impose a circumscription of movement on people awaiting trial
Recent Examples on the Web Longtime readers of the site, though, have noted that the site no longer functions this way, in part because the Internet isn’t currently a space conducive to blinders and circumscription. Ross Scarano, Billboard, "What's the Place of Morality in Music Criticism?," 6 May 2019 REM candidates made the second round in 453 circumscriptions and its MoDem allies qualified in another 62. Gregory Viscusi,, "France's Election Marathon Ends With Macron Set to Win Majority," 18 June 2017

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First Known Use of circumscription

1531, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for circumscription

Latin circumscription-, circumscriptio, from circumscribere

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“Circumscription.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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