[ lim-i-tid ]
/ ˈlɪm ɪ tɪd /
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confined within limits; restricted or circumscribed: a limited space; limited resources.
Government. restricted with reference to governing powers by limitations prescribed in laws and in a constitution, as in limited monarchy; limited government.
characterized by an inability to think imaginatively or independently; lacking originality or scope; narrow: a rather limited intelligence.
Chiefly British.
  1. responsible for the debts of a company only to a specified amount proportionate to the percentage of stock held.
  2. (of a business firm) owned by stockholders, each having a restricted liability for the company's debts.
  3. (usually initial capital letter) incorporated; Inc. Abbreviation: Ltd.
(of railroad trains, buses, etc.) making only a limited number of stops en route.


a limited train, bus, etc.



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Origin of limited

First recorded in 1545–55; limit + -ed2
lim·it·ed·ly, adverblim·it·ed·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for limited

/ (ˈlɪmɪtɪd) /


having a limit; restricted; confined
without fullness or scope; narrow
(of governing powers, sovereignty, etc) restricted or checked, by or as if by a constitution, laws, or an assemblylimited government
US and Canadian (of a train) stopping only at certain stations and having only a set number of cars for passengers
mainly British (of a business enterprise) owned by shareholders whose liability for the enterprise's debts is restricted


US and Canadian a limited train, bus, etc
limitedly, adverblimitedness, noun
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