Definition of limitation in English:


Line breaks: limi|ta¦tion
Pronunciation: /lɪmɪˈteɪʃ(ə)n


  • 2 (also limitation period) Law A legally specified period beyond which an action may be defeated or a property right does not continue. See also statute of limitations.
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    • This is by way of exception, for unless the court does make a direction the primary limitation period will continue to apply.
    • There has been some doubt expressed in the past as to the existence of a limitation period for the tort of fraud or deceit.
    • That case held that the motions judge made no error in concluding that the limitation period had run, given that the material facts were not in dispute.


late Middle English: from Latin limitatio(n-), from the verb limitare (see limit).

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