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[lim-i-tid] /ˈlɪm ɪ tɪd/
confined within limits; restricted or circumscribed:
a limited space; limited resources.
Government. restricted with reference to governing powers by limitations prescribed in laws and in a constitution, as in limited monarchy; limited government.
characterized by an inability to think imaginatively or independently; lacking originality or scope; narrow:
a rather limited intelligence.
Chiefly British.
  1. responsible for the debts of a company only to a specified amount proportionate to the percentage of stock held.
  2. (of a business firm) owned by stockholders, each having a restricted liability for the company's debts.
  3. (usually initial capital letter) incorporated; Inc.
    Abbreviation: Ltd.
(of railroad trains, buses, etc.) making only a limited number of stops en route.
a limited train, bus, etc.
1545-55; limit + -ed2
Related forms
limitedly, adverb
limitedness, noun Unabridged
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  • Subsidizing this will destroy limited government resources that should be prioritized to something else.
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  • limited government does not mean indifferent government.
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  • At the core of those principles lies a firm belief in a limited government that inspires trust and demands accountability.
  • He is a longtime advocate of lower taxes and limited government.
  • limited government grants cover a portion of the meal costs.
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  • Spending on future support to the sugar sector will be hampered by limited government funds and a looming recession.
British Dictionary definitions for limited government


having a limit; restricted; confined
without fullness or scope; narrow
(of governing powers, sovereignty, etc) restricted or checked, by or as if by a constitution, laws, or an assembly: limited government
(US & Canadian) (of a train) stopping only at certain stations and having only a set number of cars for passengers
(mainly Brit) (of a business enterprise) owned by shareholders whose liability for the enterprise's debts is restricted
(US & Canadian) a limited train, bus, etc
Derived Forms
limitedly, adverb
limitedness, noun
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Contemporary definitions for limited government

a type of government in which its functions and powers are prescribed, limited, and restricted by law

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Word Origin and History for limited government



1550s, past participle adjective from limit (v.); as a stand-alone for limited express train, by 1883. Limited edition is from 1920; limited monarchy from 1640s; limited war is from 1948. In British company names, Limited (abbrev. Ltd.), 1855, is short for limited liability company, one in which the liability of partners is limited, usually to the amount of their capital investment.

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