limitation

noun

lim·​i·​ta·​tion ˌli-mə-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce limitation (audio)
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
limitational 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 However, each scale had a limitation, so the moment magnitude scale was developed as a more thorough and uniformly applicable measure for earthquakes. Kerry Breen, CBS News, 5 Apr. 2024 Microsoft’s blog post on the ESU program notes the following limitations: Recommended by Our Editors Why Not Both? Michael Muchmore, PCMAG, 5 Apr. 2024 But she’s seen the burden that current gestational limitations have placed on patients and clinic staff, and the new law will be in effect for six months before the election. Deidre McPhillips, CNN, 4 Apr. 2024 On March 18, Rodriguez took to X, formerly Twitter, and said Cuba’s medical brigade will continue working in Haiti with limitations imposed by the circumstances. Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald, 31 Mar. 2024 In Kentucky, the House has passed a bill that prevents the state from having child labor laws that are stricter than federal protections, in effect removing all limitations on when 16- and 17-year-olds can work, as well as requirements for meal and rest breaks for all minors. Lauren Kaori Gurley, Washington Post, 31 Mar. 2024 Realizing the obvious limitations [to my candidacy] but also realizing that there's a larger purpose here than trying to compete in the horse race. Isabella Murray, ABC News, 29 Mar. 2024 One major limitation today is accounting for individual demographic factors that impact health and diagnosis. David Lareau, Forbes, 29 Mar. 2024 This is college basketball’s silly season, with players jumping to greener pastures, literally, amid NIL gone wild and a federal court injunction temporarily blocking NCAA limitations on multiple transfers. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

Time Traveler
The first known use of limitation was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Limitation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/limitation. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

limitation

noun
lim·​i·​ta·​tion ˌlim-ə-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce limitation (audio)
1
: the act or an instance of limiting
2
: the quality or state of being limited
3
: something that limits

Legal Definition

limitation

noun
lim·​i·​ta·​tion
1
a
: 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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