Definition of limitation in English:

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Pronunciation: /lɪmɪˈteɪʃ(ə)n/


1 (often limitations) A limiting rule or circumstance; a restriction: severe limitations on water use
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  • All this bill represents is restrictive trade practice and limitations on entry to the industry.
  • Britain's drinking problem is the latest in a list of excuses for prescriptive limitations on society.
  • The situation changes when the rules of the game introduce limitations on available moves.
restriction, curb, restraint, constraint, control, check, clampdown;
hindrance, impediment, obstacle, obstruction, bar, barrier, block, deterrent, inhibition, damper, brake, rein
1.1A condition of limited ability; a defect or failing: she knew her limitations better than she knew her worth
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  • Humility is in reality, a strength and involves acknowledging both our abilities and our limitations.
  • The key to avoiding accidents is to be aware of what is going on around you to know the limitations and abilities of your vehicle and yourself.
  • She recognized her limitations and failings and would mention them and make amendments.
imperfection, flaw, defect, failing, shortcoming, weak point, inability, incapability, deficiency, failure, incapacity, frailty, weakness;
disability, foible, vice, disadvantage, drawback;
British  disbenefit
1.2 [mass noun] The action of limiting something: the limitation of local authorities' powers
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  • First, the gender composition of the sample represents one limitation, in that relatively more women than men elected to respond to the survey.
  • After achieving stable non-REM sleep, the CPAP was adjusted to the minimal level required to prevent flow limitation.
  • The CPAP level required to prevent upper airway flow limitation can be substantially reduced when lung volume is increased.
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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