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Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Definitions for ambit

  1. Circuit or compass.
  2. The boundaries or limits of a district or place.
  3. An area in which something acts, operates, or has power or control; extent; sphere; scope.

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Citations for ambit
There was little to suggest his future eminence until he came within the ambit of the Vienna Circle, the renowned group of philosopher-scientists whose mission was to replace traditional metaphysics with the clean worldview of modern science. David Papineau, New York Times
The Department of Enterprise wanted a regulatory regime completely outside the ambit of the Central Bank. Christine Newman, Irish Times
Origin of ambit
Ambit is from Latin ambitus, "circuit," from ambire, "to go around," from amb-, "about, around" + ire, "to go."