- 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
Synonyms for limit
Related Words for limitedfinite, narrow, defined, poor, restricted, small, insufficient, reduced, minimal, diminished, particular, fixed, controlled, reserved, sectional, bound, restrained, qualified, bounded, modified
Examples from the Web for limited
Contemporary Examples of 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
December 30, 2014
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
December 29, 2014
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
December 21, 2014
Historical Examples of limited
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
- 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.