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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For Marra, any theater without seeming limitations feels like a vacation. Domenica Bongiovanni, Indianapolis Star, "A new theater in Broad Ripple is now open, and its first show will be in September," 26 June 2019 One limitation: Either a human needs to be present to accept the package, or the vehicle has to leave the parcel at a prearranged accessible location such as a ground-floor locker. Bloomberg News, The Denver Post, "Driverless delivery vans coming as production begins in China," 23 June 2019 But, even with that limitation, there was, some argued, even more reason to be thankful for the transcript. Graeme Mcmillan, WIRED, "While You Were Offline: The President Is Running for President, FYI," 23 June 2019 One limitation of the app: Not everyone has access to a smartphone or computer. Jackie Borchardt, Cincinnati.com, "Hate waiting in line at the Ohio BMV? There's an app for that.," 17 June 2019 The study had limitations, including the fact that the data came only from US emergency departments and didn't include cases that were treated at home, urgent care or pediatric offices. Minali Nigam, CNN, "Injuries from cosmetics send 4,300 children to ERs every year," 17 June 2019 The limitation, though, appears to be the Psison PS5016-E16 controller, which Psison’s website says will hit 5GBps reads and 4.4GBps writes. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Corsair's MP600 SSD will feature PCIe 4.0 to support 5GBps transfers," 27 May 2019 To avoid these limitations, biologist Peng Chen and his colleagues wanted microneedles that would get into the upper layers of the cornea and then dissolve there. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Delivering drugs directly to the eye using microneedles that dissolve," 9 Nov. 2018 In an article for the Weekly Standard, on August 22, Harvard Law professor Jack Goldsmith wrote that as president, Trump has three executive powers that could be used without limitation to protect himself. Cindy Otis, Teen Vogue, "What the Manafort Verdict Means for President Donald Trump," 23 Aug. 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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