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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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 Those more limiting phrases are indeed a red flag—especially given that Rosenstein didn’t once use the word independent in his answer. Leon Neyfakh, Slate Magazine, "Appointing a Special Prosecutor to Investigate the Russia Mess Is Not Enough," 8 Mar. 2017 The commission suggested limiting preferences for the extended family of U.S. citizens and permanent residents, who could previously apply for a visa under the 1965 Immigration Act, and basing entry entry on job skills. Priscilla Alvarez, The Atlantic, "Can a Decades-Old Immigration Proposal Pass Under Trump?," 21 Aug. 2017 Winter can be the limiting time of year for deer and other wildlife. Kevin Ambrose, Washington Post, "Oh deer, what should we do? Addressing the suburban deer dilemma.," 3 Aug. 2017 Of course, range is always the limiting issue with electric vehicles of any sort, and the RR is no different. Chuck Squatriglia, WIRED, "Brammo Builds Another Sweet Electric Race Bike," 29 July 2010

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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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English Language Learners Definition of limiting

: placing a limit on what is possible or allowed

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