[ sur-kuh m-skrip-shuh n ]
/ ˌsɜr kəmˈskrɪp ʃən /


Origin of circumscription

1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin circumscrīptiōn- (stem of circumscrīptiō), equivalent to circumscrīpt(us) (past participle of circumscrībere to circumscribe; see circum-, script) + -iōn- -ion

Related forms

cir·cum·scrip·tive, adjectivecir·cum·scrip·tive·ly, adverbnon·cir·cum·scrip·tive, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for circumscription

British Dictionary definitions for circumscription


/ (ˌsɜːkəmˈskrɪpʃən) /


the act of circumscribing or the state of being circumscribed
something that limits or encloses
a circumscribed space
an inscription around a coin or medal

Derived Forms

circumscriptive, adjectivecircumscriptively, adverb
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