limiting

adjective
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

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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.

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The very limiting portrayals of gender which have sustained the advertising industry for well over a century no longer resonate with our social world. Kaitlyn Tiffany, Vox, "Gender stereotypes have been banned from British ads. What does that mean?," 18 June 2019 This can be very limiting and vitriolic in a way that shuts down conversation when things get complicated. Danielle Jackson, Longreads, "On Junot Díaz’s ‘The Silence’ and Our Uncomfortable Reckoning," 24 Apr. 2018 Terry Crews seems to be devoting his career to subverting mainstream ideas about masculinity, and reminding men how limiting and often harmful the culturally accepted script of How to Be a Man really is. Jaya Saxena, GQ, "Terry Crews: “Masculinity Can Be a Cult”," 20 Apr. 2018 From there, Motoyama's team clued in on the most limiting factor of the Hololens hardware: that its visible field of view is far too small. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Pac-Man on Hololens: Bandai Namco shows us how they made it not suck," 21 Mar. 2018 The very limiting portrayals of gender which have sustained the advertising industry for well over a century no longer resonate with our social world. Kaitlyn Tiffany, Vox, "Gender stereotypes have been banned from British ads. What does that mean?," 18 June 2019 Terry Crews seems to be devoting his career to subverting mainstream ideas about masculinity, and reminding men how limiting and often harmful the culturally accepted script of How to Be a Man really is. Jaya Saxena, GQ, "Terry Crews: “Masculinity Can Be a Cult”," 20 Apr. 2018 This can be very limiting and vitriolic in a way that shuts down conversation when things get complicated. Danielle Jackson, Longreads, "On Junot Díaz’s ‘The Silence’ and Our Uncomfortable Reckoning," 24 Apr. 2018 From there, Motoyama's team clued in on the most limiting factor of the Hololens hardware: that its visible field of view is far too small. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Pac-Man on Hololens: Bandai Namco shows us how they made it not suck," 21 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of limiting

1644, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of limiting was in 1644

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limiting

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of limiting

: placing a limit on what is possible or allowed

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