circumscriptive

circumscription

[sur-kuhm-skrip-shuhn]
noun
1.
an act or instance of circumscribing.
2.
circumscribed state; limitation.
3.
anything that circumscribes, surrounds, or encloses; boundary.
4.
periphery; outline.
5.
a circumscribed area.
6.
a circular inscription on a coin, seal, etc.
7.
limitation of a meaning; definition.

Origin:
1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin circumscrīptiōn- (stem of circumscrīptiō), equivalent to circumscrīpt(us) (past participle of circumscrībere to circumscribe; see circum-, script) + -iōn- -ion

circumscriptive, adjective
circumscriptively, adverb
noncircumscriptive, adjective
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circumscription (ˌsɜːkəmˈskrɪpʃən)
 
n
1.  the act of circumscribing or the state of being circumscribed
2.  something that limits or encloses
3.  a circumscribed space
4.  an inscription around a coin or medal
 
circumscriptive
 
adj
 
circumscriptively
 
adv

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circumscription
1530s, from L. circumscriptionem "fact of being held to set limits," noun of action from circumscribere (see circumscribe). Fig, sense of "setting limits of meaning" is earliest in Eng.
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