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.
Recent Examples on the Web Countries that fail to comply risk new restrictions and limitations, while countries that comply can have their restrictions lifted. Jonathan Lemire, Time, "White House Considering Dramatic Expansion of Travel Ban," 11 Jan. 2020 That limitation leaves some of us with two options: setting aside technology more to reinvest in real world options or doubling down on increasingly life-life cutting-edge tech to fill the void. Samantha Murphy Kelly, CNN, "The technology of the future paints a very lonely picture for all of us," 11 Jan. 2020 The Pistons are desperately trying to be under the cap next season, and a Drummond opt-in would create financial limitations once again for the front office that took over in the summer of 2018. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Why trading Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond is harder than it sounds," 11 Jan. 2020 Countries that fail to comply risk new restrictions and limitations, while countries that comply can have their restrictions lifted. Anchorage Daily News, "White House considering dramatic expansion of travel ban," 11 Jan. 2020 Climate change deniers, fossil fuel fossils, and pretty much the entire GOP have capitalized on that very human limitation for decades. Yvonne Abraham, BostonGlobe.com, "A triumph of short-termism in New Hampshire," 11 Jan. 2020 The government will enforce existing laws to ensure companies don’t make deceptive claims about the capabilities or limitations of autonomous vehicle technology, according to the document. Tom Krisher, SFChronicle.com, "New autonomous vehicle plan lets industry regulate itself," 9 Jan. 2020 But concerns about competition from other colleges and universities across the state meant strict limitations. Eva-marie Ayala, Dallas News, "Antarctica adventurer, former UTD president Robert Rutford remembered for charting new courses," 9 Jan. 2020 There’s a chance AMD could even have the ferocious $1,200 GeForce RTX 2080 Ti in its sights—especially if the RDNA architecture can surpass GCN’s 64 CU limitation. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "High-end Navi GPUs and ray tracing are coming to Radeon graphics cards, AMD CEO teases," 8 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of limitation

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

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16 Jan 2020

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“Limitation.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/limitations. Accessed 23 January 2020.

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limitation

noun
How to pronounce limitation (audio)

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

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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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