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.
responsible for the debts of a company only to a specified amount proportionate to the percentage of stock held.
(of a business firm) owned by stockholders, each having a restricted liability for the company's debts.
(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

limitedly, adverb
limitedness, noun Unabridged
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limited (ˈlɪmɪtɪd)
1.  having a limit; restricted; confined
2.  without fullness or scope; narrow
3.  (of governing powers, sovereignty, etc) restricted or checked, by or as if by a constitution, laws, or an assembly: limited government
4.  (US), (Canadian) (of a train) stopping only at certain stations and having only a set number of cars for passengers
5.  chiefly (Brit) (of a business enterprise) owned by shareholders whose liability for the enterprise's debts is restricted
6.  (US), (Canadian) a limited train, bus, etc

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Main Entry:  limited government
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  a type of government in which its functions and powers are prescribed, limited, and restricted by law
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Word Origin & History

1550s, pp. adj. from limit; 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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limit lim·it (lĭm'ĭt)

  1. The point, edge, or line beyond which something cannot or may not proceed.

  2. A confining or restricting object, agent, or influence.

  3. The greatest or least amount, number, or extent allowed or possible.

v. lim·it·ed, lim·it·ing, lim·its
  1. To confine or restrict within a boundary or bounds.

  2. To fix definitely; to specify.

lim'it·a·ble adj.
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limit   (lĭm'ĭt)  Pronunciation Key 
A number or point for which, from a given set of numbers or points, one can choose an arbitrarily close number or point. For example, for the set of all real numbers greater than zero and less than one, the numbers one and zero are limit points, since one can pick a number from the set arbitrarily close to one or zero (even though one and zero are not themselves in the set). Limits form the basis for calculus, where a number L is defined to be the limit approached by a function f(x) as x approaches a if, for every positive number ε, there exists a number δ such that |f(x)-L| < ε if 0 < |x-a| < δ.
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Example sentences
Subsidizing this will destroy limited government resources that should be
  prioritized to something else.
But they miss the next crucial step: limited government is not worth buying.
Limited government does not mean indifferent government.
We believed in limited government, in keeping light the burden of taxation and
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