- 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.
Origin of limited
- 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.
verb (used with object)
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|Dave Majumdar|December 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Rich Goldstein|December 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Helen Thompson|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
That phenomenon is not limited to peaceniks with spiritual aspirations.
I could save myself a lot of time and aggravation if I just limited my listening to megastars and their hyped hits.
All social cohesion and co-operation rest on this comprehension, and are limited by its degree of perfection.Illusions|James Sully
For be it known that they house "respectable" people only, those that have limited families and can pay a high rental.London's Underworld|Thomas Holmes
Still it was lofty, and it was wide enough to admit of a certain but limited amount of exercise to its occupant.In the Days of Chivalry|Evelyn Everett-Green
Firstly, with a limited reference to its unsuitability to these pages.The Letters of Charles Dickens|Charles Dickens
In fact, his underground world, limited as it was, for the moment contented him utterly.The Haunters of the Silences|Charles G. D. Roberts
- 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
- out of bounds
- forbidden to do or usesmoking was off limits everywhere
verb -its, -iting or -ited (tr)
Word Origin for limit
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.
see go whole hog (the limit); sky's the limit; the limit.