circumscription

[sur-kuh m-skrip-shuh n]

noun


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 formscir·cum·scrip·tive, adjectivecir·cum·scrip·tive·ly, adverbnon·cir·cum·scrip·tive, adjective
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Related Words for circumscription

limitation, fetter, constraint, restraint, trammel, confinement, curb, limit, check, curbing

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British Dictionary definitions for circumscription

circumscription

noun

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 Formscircumscriptive, adjectivecircumscriptively, adverb
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Word Origin and History for circumscription
n.

1530s, from Latin circumscriptionem (nominative circumscriptio) "an encircling; fact of being held to set limits," noun of action from past participle stem of circumscribere (see circumscribe). Figurative sense of "setting limits of meaning" is earliest in English.

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