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.
Recent Examples on the Web 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 The most limiting factor for these stockings is acquiring brood stock. Matt Wyatt, San Antonio Express-News, 29 Apr. 2021 Her interpretation of what items were too personal was far more limiting than mine. Lois Fenton, Arkansas Online, 28 Mar. 2021 One of the most limiting factors to good grouse habitat is the availability of winter food. Dave Hurteau, Field & Stream, 24 Dec. 2020 Understanding how to balance these costs and benefits requires some degree of quantification—we'd like to know both how effective lockdowns are at limiting infections, as well as a sense of their economic and emotional costs. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 13 Nov. 2020 The pathological privileging of a specific, white, muscular, Western idealized version of beauty that is so phenomenally narrow and rigid and limiting and racist and exclusionary. Alamin Yohannes,, 8 June 2020 One advantageous or limiting trait is not all that affects cat coat color. Riley Black, Smithsonian, 18 Dec. 2019

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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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26 May 2021

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“Limiting.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of limiting

: placing a limit on what is possible or allowed


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