lim·​it·​ing | \ ˈli-mə-tiŋ How to pronounce limiting (audio) \

Definition of limiting

1a : functioning as a limit : restrictive limiting value
b : being an environmental factor (such as a nutrient) that limits the population size of an organism
2 : serving to specify the application of the modified noun this in "this book" is a limiting word

Other Words from limiting

limitingly adverb

Examples of limiting in a Sentence

A limiting factor on our country's economic performance is its lack of resources. As a writer, I find the drama genre to be very limiting.
Recent Examples on the Web This was not the case with the Magic Leap 1, which had a very limiting field-of-view and buggy controller. Anshel Sag, Forbes, 9 June 2022 But, in many ways, Joyce's definition of feminism is both limiting and pretty contradictory. Katherine Singh,, 17 Mar. 2022 Border policies have long restricted asylum seekers’ access to U.S. soil, and under the pandemic those restrictions became even more limiting. Kate Morrissey, San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 Dec. 2021 Toxic masculinity is, after all, a limiting and regressive stranglehold for everyone. Maggie Zhou,, 11 Nov. 2021 In fact, staffing may be one of the most limiting factors in a unicorn’s ultimate success if not properly addressed. Pete Wilkins, Forbes, 18 Oct. 2021 Many Latino writers feel stuck — and begin to stagnate — in entry-level roles and a pipeline of diversity initiatives that can feel more limiting than liberating. Yvonne Villarreal, Los Angeles Times, 11 June 2021 Democrats would need 10 Republican votes to move a package through the Senate without the faster but more limiting budget reconciliation process. Adam Aton, Scientific American, 13 May 2021 Jeremy Blackburn, an assistant professor of computer science at New York’s Binghamton University who co-wrote some of this research, said Trump’s move is even more limiting. NBC News, 11 May 2021 See More

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First Known Use of limiting

1644, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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1 Jul 2022

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“Limiting.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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