lim·it·ed | \ˈli-mə-təd \

Definition of limited 

1a : confined within limits : restricted limited success

b of a train : offering faster service especially by making a limited number of stops

2 : characterized by enforceable limitations prescribed (as by a constitution) upon the scope or exercise of powers a limited monarchy

3 : lacking breadth and originality a bit limited; a bit thick in the head— Virginia Woolf

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Other Words from limited

limitedly adverb
limitedness noun

Examples of limited in a Sentence

Only a limited number of students will be allowed in the class. People with limited incomes are hit particularly hard by inflation. The company has had limited success.
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On the other hand, advanced manufacturers like GE manage huge printers, which can cost more than a million dollars, to make a limited number of high-value parts. Jason Pontin, WIRED, "3D Printing Is the Future of Factories (for Real This Time)," 11 July 2018 The armed occupiers changed the refuge's name to the Harney County Resource Center, reflecting their belief that the federal government has only a very limited right to own property within a state's borders. Author: Jill Colvin, Zeke Miller, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump pardons Oregon ranchers in case that inspired 2016 wildlife refuge occupation in Oregon," 10 July 2018 While defaults are common in civil matters, the legal tools available to Bysiewicz to defend herself in the lawsuit are more limited at this stage of the case. Neil Vigdor,, "Susan Bysiewicz Unresponsive To GOP Lawsuit, Found In Default By Court Clerk," 9 July 2018 This sounds like great news for proponents of iceberg towing, but this specific application is very limited. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Cape Town Wants to Tow an Iceberg to Solve Its Water Shortage," 6 July 2018 Because of their 24/7 operation, truck stops that have video gambling tend to far surpass other businesses such as restaurants and bars, which have more limited operating hours in terms of gambling revenue. Mike Nolan, Daily Southtown, "Annexation hearing scheduled for gas station that wants 24/7 gambling," 4 July 2018 So while her wedding will take place in a chapel that has hosted other major nuptials and has a capacity of 800, this one is likely to have a more limited guest list. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "Who Will Pay for Princess Eugenie's Wedding?," 26 June 2018 In a more limited step, the administration may move over some workforce training programs from the Labor Department to the Education Department, like Job Corps and YouthBuild. Ella Nilsen, Vox, "Vox Sentences: Two federal departments for the price of one?," 23 June 2018 The mammalian fertilization process involving the sperm and egg wasn’t even observed until the late 19th century, so our understanding of reproduction was pretty limited for most of human history. Carolyn Todd, Allure, "The History and Evolution of Birth Control in America," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of limited

1583, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of limited

: not high or great in number, amount, etc.


lim·it·ed | \ˈli-mə-təd \

Kids Definition of limited

: small in number Picnic areas are limited.

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