Definition of ambit in US English:

ambit

noun

  • The scope, extent, or bounds of something.

    ‘within the ambit of federal law’
    • ‘If she was given the advice which she says she was within the ambit of the retainer, then another issue would arise.’
    • ‘Clearly, the consequences of this challenge have wider implications than those within the ambit of the case itself.’
    • ‘No political party or group operating within the ambit of the Constitution has been threatened or prejudiced by it.’
    • ‘Upon questioning, many of them referred this service as outside the ambit of their responsibilities.’
    • ‘Not only is that question way outside the ambit of the original question, but it is simply mean and nasty.’
    • ‘It has not been shown that she went outside the generous ambit of the discretion given to her and in my judgment this appeal should be dismissed.’
    • ‘Of late, Wattal has been seriously looking outside the ambit of working with pop artists.’
    • ‘Most of this activity occurs outside the ambit of universities and schools.’
    • ‘A solution is most likely to fall outside the ambit of the Constitution.’
    • ‘We need to accept that the situation is now outside the ambit of canon law and the control of church personnel.’
    • ‘This was granted two years ago on condition that the centre runs its programmes within the ambit of the law.’
    • ‘The question is whether these companies will fall within the ambit of the US legislation.’
    • ‘Of course, that is a matter totally outside the ambit of my remit tonight.’
    • ‘The member's supplementary question is definitely outside the ambit of what I asked.’
    • ‘But they should not defy the managers of the State if they feel their actions are within the ambit of the law.’
    • ‘If it is within the ambit of the Council to assist we should do so.’
    • ‘Often these matters can be rather wide ranging, but it does help to maintain order in the House if we try to keep within the ambit of a bill.’
    • ‘It is alleged that he treated him negligently; but resolution of that issue also falls outside the ambit of this trial.’
    • ‘There can be no room in the due process of criminal justice for the jury to import factors outside the ambit of factual evidence.’
    • ‘There are no possible grounds for challenging this decision, which fell well within the ambit of the judge's discretion.’
    scope, extent, bounds, confines, limits, range, breadth, width, reach, sweep, purview, span, stretch, spread, horizon
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Origin

Late Middle English (in the sense ‘precincts, environs’): from Latin ambitus ‘circuit’, from ambire ‘go round’.

Pronunciation

ambit

/ˈambət//ˈæmbət/