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[lim-i-tey-shuh n] /ˌlɪm ɪˈteɪ ʃən/
a limiting condition; restrictive weakness; lack of capacity; inability or handicap:
He knows his limitations as a writer.
something that limits; a limit or bound; restriction:
an arms limitation; a limitation on imports.
the act of limiting.
the state of being limited.
Law. the assignment, as by statute, of a period of time within which an action must be brought, or the period of time assigned:
a statute of limitations.
Origin of limitation
1350-1400; Middle English lymytacion < Latin līmitātiōn- (stem of līmitātiō) a bounding, equivalent to līmitāt(us) (past participle of līmitāre to enclose within boundaries; see limit, -ate1) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
nonlimitation, noun
Can be confused
limit, limitation. Unabridged
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  • People talk of fate, and conditions, and burdens, and limitations.

    The Life Radiant Lilian Whiting
  • It is believed that it will soon die out by its own limitations.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • The statute of limitations runs in his favor; and his old opinions are outlawed.

  • Blood revenge was nothing but an exercise of revenge and it had all the limitations of revenge.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • They know the limitations of their powers and where to stop.

    Mysterious Psychic Forces Camille Flammarion
British Dictionary definitions for limitations


something that limits a quality or achievement
the act of limiting or the condition of being limited
(law) a certain period of time, legally defined, within which an action, claim, etc, must be commenced
(property law) a restriction upon the duration or extent of an estate
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Word Origin and History for limitations



late 14c., from Old French limitacion and directly from Latin limitationem (nominative limitatio), noun of action from past participle stem of limitare (see limit (v.)). Phrase statute of limitations attested by 1768.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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