Definitions for: Limitation

[n] an act of limiting or restricting (as by regulation)
[n] the quality of being limited or restricted; "it is a good plan but it has serious limitations"
[n] a principle that limits the extent of something; "I am willing to accept certain restrictions on my movements"
[n] the greatest amount of something that is possible or allowed; "there are limits on the amount you can bet"; "it is growing rapidly with no limitation in sight"
[n] (in law) a time period after which suits cannot be brought; "statute of limitations"

Webster (1913) Definition: Lim`i*ta"tion (-t[=a]"sh[u^]n), n. [L. limitatio:
cf. F. limitation. See Limit, v. t.]
1. The act of limiting; the state or condition of being
limited; as, the limitation of his authority was approved
by the council.

They had no right to mistake the limitation . . . of
their own faculties, for an inherent limitation of
the possible modes of existence in the universe.
--J. S. Mill.

2. That which limits; a restriction; a qualification; a
restraining condition, defining circumstance, or
qualifying conception; as, limitations of thought.

The cause of error is ignorance what restraints and
limitations all principles have in regard of the
matter whereunto they are applicable. --Hooker.

3. A certain precinct within which friars were allowed to
beg, or exercise their functions; also, the time during
which they were permitted to exercise their functions in
such a district. --Chaucer. Latimer.

4. A limited time within or during which something is to be

You have stood your limitation, and the tribunes
Endue you with the people's voice. --Shak.

5. (Law)
(a) A certain period limited by statute after which the
claimant shall not enforce his claims by suit.
(b) A settling of an estate or property by specific rules.
(c) A restriction of power; as, a constitutional
limitation. --Wharton. Bouvier.

To know one's own limitations, to know the reach and limits
of one's abilities. --A. R. Wallace.

Synonyms: limit, restriction, restriction, restriction

See Also: arms control, clampdown, cutoff, disadvantage, extremum, freeze, indefinite quantity, load-shedding, peak, quantification, regulating, regulation, regulation, restraint, rule, time limit

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