circumscription

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

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

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

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Origin and Etymology of circumscription

Latin circumscription-, circumscriptio, from circumscribere



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