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[lim-i-tey-shuh n] /ˌlɪm ɪˈteɪ ʃən/
a limiting condition; restrictive weakness; lack of capacity; inability or handicap:
He knows his limitations as a writer.
something that limits; a limit or bound; restriction:
an arms limitation; a limitation on imports.
the act of limiting.
the state of being limited.
Law. the assignment, as by statute, of a period of time within which an action must be brought, or the period of time assigned:
a statute of limitations.
Origin of limitation
1350-1400; Middle English lymytacion < Latin līmitātiōn- (stem of līmitātiō) a bounding, equivalent to līmitāt(us) (past participle of līmitāre to enclose within boundaries; see limit, -ate1) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
nonlimitation, noun
Can be confused
limit, limitation. Unabridged
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  • He had discovered his own keys to drawing from life: simplicity, modesty, limitation.
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  • Because of the mind's limitation this must be taken on faith.
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  • When fewer books were published the limitation in this regard might be determined largely by the size of the book fund.
  • The second limitation is that for many, college is not solely about education or even credentials.
  • What might seem a limitation gives the show a freshness that retrospectives often lack.
  • The company has also developed a remote control that eliminates the line-of-sight limitation of traditional infrared remotes.
British Dictionary definitions for limitation


something that limits a quality or achievement
the act of limiting or the condition of being limited
(law) a certain period of time, legally defined, within which an action, claim, etc, must be commenced
(property law) a restriction upon the duration or extent of an estate
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Word Origin and History for limitation

late 14c., from Old French limitacion and directly from Latin limitationem (nominative limitatio), noun of action from past participle stem of limitare (see limit (v.)). Phrase statute of limitations attested by 1768.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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