speed limit


: the maximum or minimum speed permitted by law in a given area under specified circumstances

Examples of speed limit in a Sentence

The speed limit here is 55 mph. She got a ticket for breaking the speed limit.
Recent Examples on the Web Just go easy and stick to the speed limit and everything should go well. John Koopman, Rolling Stone, 21 Sep. 2023 Recently passed House Bill 1885 allows the state to adjust the speed limit on roads in certain conditions, including times of adverse weather, congestion and construction. Zaeem Shaikh, Dallas News, 31 Aug. 2023 Unlike some human drivers, the artificial intelligence running the vehicles abides by speed limits and doesn’t get distracted, the companies maintained. Yiwen Lu, BostonGlobe.com, 22 Aug. 2023 Maryanne Colima, 47, of the 4300 block of West Cullom Avenue, Chicago, was arrested Aug. 3 at the intersection of Talcott Road and Rose Avenue for speeding more than 35 mph over the speed limit and operating an uninsured motor vehicle, police said. Chicago Tribune, 7 Aug. 2023 Bryan stated he had been pulled over three days ago in the small town of Vinita for going just over the speed limit. Michelle Watson, CNN, 8 Sep. 2023 The speed limit is 25 miles per hour in the area of Centre Street, where the June 30 crash occurred. Sarah Raza, BostonGlobe.com, 7 Sep. 2023 Under a new law, roadway managers in Texas, like NTE, will also now have the ability to adjust speed limits by 10 mph during hazardous conditions. Zaeem Shaikh, Dallas News, 1 Sep. 2023 Festival organizers also requested visitors to drive safely, maintain speed limits and respect the neighbors. Evan Haddad, USA TODAY, 23 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1902, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of speed limit was in 1902

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“Speed limit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/speed%20limit. Accessed 28 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition

speed limit

: the highest or lowest speed allowed by law in a certain area

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