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tr.v. cir·cum·scribed, cir·cum·scrib·ing, cir·cum·scribes
1. To draw a line around; encircle.
a. To form or mark the limits of; delineate: The hedge circumscribes the property.
b. To limit narrowly; restrict: Their plans were circumscribed by a lack of money. See Synonyms at limit.
a. To enclose (a polygon or polyhedron) within a configuration of lines, curves, or surfaces so that every vertex of the enclosed object is incident on the enclosing configuration.
b. To erect (such a configuration) around a polygon or polyhedron: circumscribe a circle around a square.

[Middle English circumscriben, from Latin circumscrībere : circum-, circum- + scrībere, to write; see skrībh- in Indo-European roots.]

cir′cum·scrib′a·ble adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.circumscribed - subject to limits or subjected to limits
restricted - subject to restriction or subjected to restriction; "of restricted importance"
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They think much about thee with their circumscribed souls--thou art always suspected by them
Those writers could with greater ease have conveyed a heroe from one country to another, nay from one world to another, and have brought him back again, than a poor circumscribed modern can deliver him from a jail.
That circle may be the most circumscribed, but if it is, it has this advantage--it holds nothing but the truth
There are others which have a more circumscribed though an equally operative influence within their spheres.
is not less a source of frequent and intricate discussions, sufficiently denoting the indeterminate limits by which they are respectively circumscribed.
Feel myself ashamed and completely circumscribed in a- dressin' of you, for you are a nice gal and nothin' but it.
They cannot afford to have large graveyards, the grass skin is too circumscribed and too valuable.
It was a new country to him and the change from the monotony of the circumscribed view in the jungle was pleasing.
Civilization held nothing like this in its narrow and circumscribed sphere, hemmed in by restrictions and conventionalities.
How vastly different from the flat and puny area of the circumscribed vision of the dweller upon the outer crust!
As the girl's eyes wandered across the trampled jungle clearing, already squalid from the presence of man, she no longer apprehended either the nearer objects of the foreground, the uncouth men laughing or quarreling among themselves, or the jungle beyond, which circumscribed the extreme range of her material vision.
They are still far too much circumscribed in their employments.