circumscription

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

Definition of circumscription

  1. 1 :  the act of circumscribing :  the state of being circumscribed: such asa :  definition, delimitation the circumscription of her dutiesb :  limitation

  2. 2 :  something that circumscribes: such asa :  limit, boundaryb :  restriction a circumscription of his power to act

  3. 3 :  a circumscribed area or district

Examples of circumscription in a Sentence

  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 and Etymology of circumscription

Latin circumscription-, circumscriptio, from circumscribere



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up circumscription? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

to reach the highest or a decisive point

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

  • istock-refers-to-this-as-a-tumble-of-strawberries-which-sounded-pretty-nice-to-us
  • Which is a synonym of garner?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!