- confined within limits; restricted or circumscribed: a limited space; limited resources.
- Government. restricted with reference to governing powers by limitations prescribed in laws and in a constitution, as in limited monarchy; limited government.
- characterized by an inability to think imaginatively or independently; lacking originality or scope; narrow: a rather limited intelligence.
- Chiefly British.
- responsible for the debts of a company only to a specified amount proportionate to the percentage of stock held.
- (of a business firm) owned by stockholders, each having a restricted liability for the company's debts.
- (usually initial capital letter)incorporated; Inc. Abbreviation: Ltd.
- (of railroad trains, buses, etc.) making only a limited number of stops en route.
- a limited train, bus, etc.
Origin of limited
- the final, utmost, or furthest boundary or point as to extent, amount, continuance, procedure, etc.: the limit of his experience; the limit of vision.
- a boundary or bound, as of a country, area, or district.
- a number such that the value of a given function remains arbitrarily close to this number when the independent variable is sufficiently close to a specified point or is sufficiently large. The limit of 1/x is zero as x approaches infinity; the limit of (x − 1)2 is zero as x approaches 1.
- a number such that the absolute value of the difference between terms of a given sequence and the number approaches zero as the index of the terms increases to infinity.
- one of two numbers affixed to the integration symbol for a definite integral, indicating the interval or region over which the integration is taking place and substituted in a primitive, if one exists, to evaluate the integral.
- limits, the premises or region enclosed within boundaries: We found them on school limits after hours.
- Games. the maximum sum by which a bet may be raised at any one time.
- the limit, Informal. something or someone that exasperates, delights, etc., to an extreme degree: You have made errors before, but this is the limit.
- to restrict by or as if by establishing limits (usually followed by to): Please limit answers to 25 words.
- to confine or keep within limits: to limit expenditures.
- Law. to fix or assign definitely or specifically.
Origin of limit
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Examples from the Web for limited
But those weapons are of limited utility, especially during close-in fights.New U.S. Stealth Jet Can’t Fire Its Gun Until 2019
December 31, 2014
In addition, foreign films were limited by a system of licensure to a third of the number of domestic films.Propaganda, Protest, and Poisonous Vipers: The Cinema War in Korea
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When they invade new territory, populations are low, and the queen has limited mate options.Mongooses, Meerkats, and Ants, Oh My! Why Some Animals Keep Mating All in the Family
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Yet race politics has limited appeal to whites, and ultimately may not guarantee keeping many minority voters in check.Time to Bring Back the Truman Democrats
December 21, 2014
That phenomenon is not limited to peaceniks with spiritual aspirations.COEXIST’s Bonehead Bumper-Sticker Politics
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A grievous error it is to suppose that Cupid's artillery is limited to bow and arrows.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Kate's nature was limited; part of her graceful equipoise was narrowness.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
Not the Trinity should come first to powers so limited as mine—but God.The Conquest of Fear
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I wanted, rather, to explain to you that her opportunities had been limited.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
- having a limit; restricted; confined
- without fullness or scope; narrow
- (of governing powers, sovereignty, etc) restricted or checked, by or as if by a constitution, laws, or an assemblylimited government
- US and Canadian (of a train) stopping only at certain stations and having only a set number of cars for passengers
- mainly British (of a business enterprise) owned by shareholders whose liability for the enterprise's debts is restricted
- US and Canadian a limited train, bus, etc
- (sometimes plural) the ultimate extent, degree, or amount of somethingthe limit of endurance
- (often plural) the boundary or edge of a specific areathe city limits
- (often plural) the area of premises within specific boundaries
- the largest quantity or amount allowed
- a value to which a function f(x) approaches as closely as desired as the independent variable approaches a specified value (x = a) or approaches infinity
- a value to which a sequence a n approaches arbitrarily close as n approaches infinity
- the limit of a sequence of partial sums of a convergent infinite seriesthe limit of 1 + ½ + ¼ + ⅛ + … is 2
- maths one of the two specified values between which a definite integral is evaluated
- the limit informal a person or thing that is intolerably exasperating
- off limits
- out of bounds
- forbidden to do or usesmoking was off limits everywhere
- within limits to a certain or limited extentI approve of it within limits
- to restrict or confine, as to area, extent, time, etc
- law to agree, fix, or assign specifically
Word Origin and History for limited
1550s, past participle adjective from limit (v.); as a stand-alone for limited express train, by 1883. Limited edition is from 1920; limited monarchy from 1640s; limited war is from 1948. In British company names, Limited (abbrev. Ltd.), 1855, is short for limited liability company, one in which the liability of partners is limited, usually to the amount of their capital investment.
c.1400, "boundary, frontier," from Old French limite "a boundary," from Latin limitem (nominative limes) "a boundary, limit, border, embankment between fields," related to limen "threshold." Originally of territory; general sense from early 15c. Colloquial sense of "the very extreme, the greatest degree imaginable" is from 1904.
- The point, edge, or line beyond which something cannot or may not proceed.
- A confining or restricting object, agent, or influence.
- The greatest or least amount, number, or extent allowed or possible.
- To confine or restrict within a boundary or bounds.
- To fix definitely; to specify.
- A number or point for which, from a given set of numbers or points, one can choose an arbitrarily close number or point. For example, for the set of all real numbers greater than zero and less than one, the numbers one and zero are limit points, since one can pick a number from the set arbitrarily close to one or zero (even though one and zero are not themselves in the set). Limits form the basis for calculus, where a number L is defined to be the limit approached by a function f(x) as x approaches a if, for every positive number ε, there exists a number δ such that |;f(x)-L|; < ε if 0 < |;x-a|; < δ.