Definition of limitation in English:



  • 1often limitationsA limiting rule or circumstance; a restriction.

    ‘severe limitations on water use’
    • ‘Universities are still allowed to set limitations on certain majors with special requirements.’
    • ‘This also placed severe limitations on what could be explored.’
    • ‘Britain's drinking problem is the latest in a list of excuses for prescriptive limitations on society.’
    • ‘Fixed penalty notices can only be given to adults at present which inherently means there are substantial limitations on their use.’
    • ‘There should be limitations on the number of candidates recruited at a time.’
    • ‘The situation changes when the rules of the game introduce limitations on available moves.’
    • ‘He said the president also has reservations about the limitations on issue advertising.’
    • ‘However, both statute and case law have imposed some limitations on this power.’
    • ‘Messaging during class or lectures gets around the limitations on private voice contact.’
    • ‘The Transport Minister could clear the quays by invoking parking slot limitations on Dublin Bus.’
    • ‘The king himself provoked the severe limitations on his power by the ambivalent attitude he displayed towards the Revolution.’
    • ‘All this bill represents is restrictive trade practice and limitations on entry to the industry.’
    • ‘However, Vine said there might be some limitations on the duties that could be performed by officers waiting to give evidence.’
    • ‘The skilled trades were dominated by craft guilds which imposed strict limitations on entry in order to guarantee their market.’
    • ‘Requirements and limitations on how you treat the enemy on the battlefield and off are part of that.’
    • ‘The degree of uncertainty is often large, and there are limitations on the types of estimate that can be provided.’
    • ‘This is good news for those who oppose federal limitations on biotech research, right?’
    • ‘This was a major benefit because of the space and manning limitations on small craft.’
    • ‘Now obviously, we don't want to place very many limitations on our freedom of speech.’
    • ‘There have been attempts at various times in history to try to place certain limitations on what is permitted in war.’
    restriction, curb, restraint, constraint, control, check, clampdown
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    1. 1.1 A condition of limited ability; a defect or failing.
      ‘she knew her limitations better than she knew her worth’
      • ‘Teaching gives a better insight into the art and one's own weaknesses and limitations.’
      • ‘The key to happiness in this life is being able to accept our weaknesses and limitations with good grace.’
      • ‘In taking responsibility to help others, always be honest and frank about your limitations and abilities.’
      • ‘It seems the children quickly appreciated their own limitations and adapted their speed and movements to their abilities.’
      • ‘We must be alert to our own shortcomings and the limitations and distortions imposed on our imaginations and those of Islam by history.’
      • ‘He flourished in a moment of transition, and his failures measured the limitations of ideas loosely held.’
      • ‘The faults and limitations of the genre are obvious and have been repeatedly stated.’
      • ‘She was quite aware of her own limitations, but absolutely incapable of changing herself.’
      • ‘This is where the limitations of both my time and ability to research a stock showed.’
      • ‘The key to avoiding accidents is to be aware of what is going on around you to know the limitations and abilities of your vehicle and yourself.’
      • ‘These limitations are the main weakness of our systematic review.’
      • ‘Humility is in reality, a strength and involves acknowledging both our abilities and our limitations.’
      • ‘Many of them realize the deficiency and limitations of science as the only savior of mankind.’
      • ‘For the first time in the play, he feels his own frailties and limitations and notes them.’
      • ‘Our abilities may be our first-level of limitations, but it is our willpower that seals it all in for us.’
      • ‘The crucial part of acceptance of one another is acceptance of our own weaknesses and limitations and that of others.’
      • ‘Historical critique exposes the flaws or limitations of each of the political traditions.’
      • ‘She recognized her limitations and failings and would mention them and make amendments.’
      • ‘The lack of accessible, inexpensive books on the subject is an important limitation on the ability of Arab universities to teach about the United States.’
      • ‘If he is failing because of a lack of ability they can help him to accept his limitations and focus on his strengths.’
      imperfection, flaw, defect, failing, shortcoming, weak point, inability, incapability, deficiency, failure, incapacity, frailty, weakness
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    2. 1.2mass noun The action of limiting something.
      ‘the limitation of local authorities' powers’
      • ‘The new UK Department of Constitutional Affairs has given its approval to a licence and pot limitation that will prevent any expansion effort within the fishery.’
      • ‘One of the main problems that stemmed from this limitation was of representation of other faith traditions.’
      • ‘Calcium was nearly unaffected and, under potassium limitation, it represented the major cation in xylem sap.’
      • ‘Anthills of the Savannah thereby thematizes it own immanent limitation as representation of reality and capsule of ideas.’
      • ‘First, the gender composition of the sample represents one limitation, in that relatively more women than men elected to respond to the survey.’
      • ‘The level of AS1 transcripts increased strongly under sugar limitation and was repressed in the presence of sugar or when roots were re-fed with sucrose.’
      • ‘Once again women and the feminine will be targets for onslaughts of limitation and repression.’
      • ‘After achieving stable non-REM sleep, the CPAP was adjusted to the minimal level required to prevent flow limitation.’
      • ‘The CPAP level required to prevent upper airway flow limitation can be substantially reduced when lung volume is increased.’
      • ‘When we are in-phase with unconscious negative beliefs we create a reality based on limitation that prevents us from achieving our full potential in life.’
      • ‘But this limitation should at least prevent us from resorting to force and multiplying the number of victims.’
  • 2Law
    A legally specified period beyond which an action may be defeated or a property right does not continue.

    • ‘He held that a spouse who arranges his or her affairs following divorce, on the assumption that all is resolved, is entitled to rely on the limitation period.’
    • ‘There has been some doubt expressed in the past as to the existence of a limitation period for the tort of fraud or deceit.’
    • ‘That case held that the motions judge made no error in concluding that the limitation period had run, given that the material facts were not in dispute.’
    • ‘This is by way of exception, for unless the court does make a direction the primary limitation period will continue to apply.’
    • ‘Section 60G empowered a court to extend the application limitation period if it decided that it was just and reasonable to do so.’


Late Middle English: from Latin limitatio(n-), from the verb limitare (see limit).