speed limit

noun
the maximum speed at which a vehicle is legally permitted to travel, as within a specific area, on a certain road, or under given conditions.

Origin:
1890–95

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speed limit
 
n
the maximum permitted speed at which a vehicle may travel on certain roads

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Observe the speed limit and avoid rapid acceleration or braking.
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