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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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Examples from the web for limitations
  • Not because we're above it, but because at some point one must realize their own limitations.
  • Obviously there were limitations on what box they could check on the census form, for example.
  • Unless their present importance and limitations be clearly apprehended, their future development cannot be apprehended.
  • Security would have kept them from being publicly revealed, had the limitations of the human body ever allowed them to be reached.
  • So many limitations here, it's all about the proper preparation.
  • Necessary esthetic advantages or limitations in any language.
  • Human excellence is blended with many imperfections and seen under many limitations.
  • It admits practically no limitations to its possibility of cures.
  • There were many limitations attached to the powers thus granted, and the organization was made permanent.
  • He is merely using a single idea, putting it as strongly as he can, and neglecting all its limitations.
British Dictionary definitions for limitations


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 limitations



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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