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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Segev reveals how all these quirks, flaws and limitations coexisted, not always easily, with the energy, resourcefulness and acute political skills Ben-Gurion honed to serve the goal of founding Israel. Diane Cole, Washington Post, "In Israel’s founder, many contradictions but a single-minded determination," 6 Sep. 2019 The strictest limitations would be on direct donations to the son’s campaign account, which would be capped at $2,000. Michael Levenson,, "All in the family: Joe Kennedy II could boost Joe Kennedy III with old campaign cash," 6 Sep. 2019 They were asked to consider actions that would be feasible based on the school system’s financial limitations. Catalina Righter,, "With behavior referrals on rise in Carroll elementary schools, task force presents findings, recommendations," 5 Sep. 2019 Though Lovullo hasn’t said it, Flores’ defensive limitations seemed to be the primary reason. Nick Piecoro, azcentral, "Hot-hitting Wilmer Flores’ role could expand, says Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo," 4 Sep. 2019 Again, the limitations depend on your policy but many homeowners' policies typically help cover costs beyond just damage to a structure or belongings. CBS News, "What homeowners should know about dealing with hurricane damage," 3 Sep. 2019 Considering these limitations, the safest bet would be to develop some new trades to ply in South Africa’s tourist beaches. Annaliese Griffin, Quartzy, "Are great white sharks messing with us?," 1 Sep. 2019 The offense’s potential and current limitations were both on display Saturday. Nathan Baird,, "Ohio State must build on defensive start from 45-21 victory over Florida Atlantic," 31 Aug. 2019 Super PACs can raise and spend unlimited amounts of money on behalf of federal candidates, but they are barred from coordinating spending decisions with those campaigns, among other limitations. Wire Service, The Mercury News, "Pro-Trump PAC paid thousands to firm owned by campaign manager’s wife," 30 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of limitation

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

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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


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



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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concealment of treason or felony

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