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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Researchers, companies, and the general public have all begun to grapple more with the limitations of AI and its adverse effects, asking important questions like: how is this technology being used, and for whose benefit? James Vincent, The Verge, "The Verge 2018 tech report card: AI," 30 Dec. 2018 Be honest with the people around you and don’t be ashamed of your limitations. Paula Akpan, Teen Vogue, "7 People With Less Visible Disabilities Talk Misconceptions and Stigma," 17 Apr. 2019 This playful vibe allows Therma Kota’s styles to work beyond their limitations. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "This Icelandic Outerwear Label Has Shearling for All Seasons," 29 Mar. 2019 The only smart money is the money that knows its own limitations. Jason Zweig, WSJ, "Wall Street Has It Wrong. You’re a Smart Investor.," 22 Feb. 2019 Still, Musk's tweet doesn't offer much detail about exactly how the feature will work or what its limitations will be. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Musk: New Tesla summon feature will “follow you like a pet”," 1 Nov. 2018 Over the three-day conference, engineers, business buffs, urban planners, government officials, and transportation researchers grappled with how to tell the public that its wonder drug of a transportation solution will have its limitations. Aarian Marshall, WIRED, "Home From the Honeymoon, the Self-Driving Car Industry Faces Reality," 13 July 2018 That came after weeks of declining to take a position on the issue, including its eventual limitations on the deduction of state and local property taxes that is expected to affect many Illinois homeowners. Rick Pearson, chicagotribune.com, "Vice President Pence to speak in Rosemont Friday, when Gov. Rauner will introduce him," 12 July 2018 But this analysis has its limitations, including a small sample size of only 30 men. Fiza Pirani, ajc, "Men’s ties may reduce blood flow to the brain and limit work performance, study suggests," 10 July 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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