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

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Other Words from limitation

limitational \ ˌli-​mə-​ˈtā-​shnəl How to pronounce limitational (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.

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One limitation of the tool is that the pollution measurements in the index are based on annual averages. Umair Irfan, Vox, "How improving air quality could add years to people’s lives around the world.," 21 Nov. 2018 Related The most noticeable limitation on Mr. Musk could be to his megaphone. Dave Michaels, WSJ, "Tesla Braces for Uncertainty Amid Shift in Elon Musk’s Role," 30 Sep. 2018 Right now, the biggest limitations are range and charge time. Matthew Scott, Outside Online, "The Electric Jaguar I-Pace Can Go Off-Road," 9 July 2018 The premise that the world is abundant and giving (rather than full of limitations) echoes another native Milwaukeean, Oprah Winfrey, the aunt of Perez. John Schmid, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "With childhood trauma in spotlight, Milwaukee native's book profiles woman who saves lives," 22 June 2018 The New York Times asks if statues of limitations for rape should be abolished. Claire Zillman, Fortune, "Nikki Haley UNHRC, Goldman Sachs, P&G Gender Diversity: Broadsheet June 20," 20 June 2018 Baltimore’s biggest limitation might be its geography. Jonas Shaffer, baltimoresun.com, "With FIFA vote Wednesday, World Cup could return to U.S. and make Baltimore debut in 2026," 12 June 2018 The limitation is only whether their insurance will pay for it.’’ Financial rewards for doctors who keep referrals in-house are not uncommon. Liz Kowalczyk, BostonGlobe.com, "Steward Health Care pressured doctors to restrict referrals outside chain, suit says," 24 May 2018 My gang had an idea – but the limitation was how to build it. Neil Senturia, sandiegouniontribune.com, "What does your audience need to learn? Break it down," 14 May 2018

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First Known Use of limitation

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

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limitation

noun

English Language Learners Definition of limitation

: the act of controlling the size or extent of something : the act of limiting something
: something that controls how much of something is possible or allowed
: something (such as a lack of ability or strength) that controls what a person is able to do

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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