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circumscription

[sur-kuh m-skrip-shuh n] /ˌsɜr kəmˈskrɪp ʃən/
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
late Middle English
1375-1425
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
Related forms
circumscriptive, adjective
circumscriptively, adverb
noncircumscriptive, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for circumscriptive

circumscription

/ˌsɜːkəmˈskrɪpʃən/
noun
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
Derived Forms
circumscriptive, adjective
circumscriptively, adverb
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Word Origin and History for circumscriptive

circumscription

n.

1530s, from Latin circumscriptionem (nominative circumscriptio) "an encircling; fact of being held to set limits," noun of action from past participle stem of circumscribere (see circumscribe). Figurative sense of "setting limits of meaning" is earliest in English.

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