[ 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

non·lim·i·ta·tion, noun

Can be confused

limit limitation Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for limitations


/ (ˌlɪmɪˈteɪʃən) /


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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