limitation

noun
lim·​i·​ta·​tion | \ ˌli-mə-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce limitation (audio) \

Definition of limitation

1 : an act or instance of limiting
2 : the quality or state of being limited
3 : something that limits : restraint
4 : a certain period limited by statute after which actions, suits, or prosecutions cannot be brought in the courts

Other Words from limitation

limitational \ ˌli-​mə-​ˈtā-​shnəl How to pronounce limitation (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective

Examples of limitation in a Sentence

a law aimed at the limitation of federal power They have placed a limitation on the amount of time we have available.
Recent Examples on the Web But that limitation is fading too, says Tony Letai, a professor at Harvard Medical School and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Max G. Levy, Wired, 9 Mar. 2022 Players sitting down to in-person games have no way to access all that information at the table, but that limitation does not necessarily apply to poker played over the internet. New York Times, 18 Jan. 2022 On the other hand, revelation, which embraces even those with limitations (and who among us does not have some limitation?), makes an extraordinary statement. Rabbi Avi Weiss, sun-sentinel.com, 18 Jan. 2022 Critics contend that Sumchai’s tests, which are conducted by commercial lab Genova Diagnostics, have a key limitation. Lauren Hepler, San Francisco Chronicle, 5 Jan. 2022 The federal tax subsidy of $7,500 per vehicle is limited to 200,000 cars per U.S. automaker, and Tesla did reach that limitation in 2018. David Blackmon, Forbes, 7 Dec. 2021 There's no reason to think the justices would accept that limitation, though. Samuel Goldman, The Week, 3 Dec. 2021 Trump’s decision to withdraw from Iran’s nuclear deal led Tehran to abandon over time every limitation the accord imposed on its nuclear enrichment. Aamer Madhani, ajc, 27 Aug. 2021 Trump's decision to withdraw from Iran's nuclear deal led Tehran to abandon over time every limitation the accord imposed on its nuclear enrichment. Arkansas Online, 27 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of limitation

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

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28 May 2022

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“Limitation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/limitation. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for limitation

limitation

noun
lim·​i·​ta·​tion | \ ˌli-mə-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce limitation (audio) \

Kids Definition of limitation

1 : an act or instance of controlling the size or extent of something
2 : something that controls size or extent

limitation

noun
lim·​i·​ta·​tion

Legal Definition of limitation

1a : restriction a limitation on the rights of ownership
b : a statement or stipulation in a deed or will placing limits on the disposition of an estate or interest especially in regard to duration or heirs — see also word of limitation
2 : a certain period limited by statute after which actions or prosecutions cannot be brought in the courts — see also statute of limitations

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