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1. The act of circumscribing or the state of being circumscribed.
2. Something, such as a limit or restriction, that circumscribes.
3. A circumscribed space or area.
4. A circular inscription, as on a medallion.

[Latin circumscrīptiō, circumscrīptiōn-, from circumscrīptus, past participle of circumscrībere, to circumscribe; see circumscribe.]

cir′cum·scrip′tive adj.


1. the act of circumscribing or the state of being circumscribed
2. something that limits or encloses
3. a circumscribed space
4. an inscription around a coin or medal
ˌcircumˈscriptive adj
ˌcircumˈscriptively adv


(ˌsɜr kəmˈskrɪp ʃən)

1. an act of circumscribing.
2. circumscribed state; limitation.
3. anything that surrounds or encloses; boundary.
4. periphery; outline.
5. a circumscribed area.
6. a circular inscription on a coin, seal, etc.
[1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin]
cir`cum•scrip′tive, adj.
cir`cum•scrip′tive•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.circumscription - the act of circumscribing
restriction, confinement - the act of keeping something within specified bounds (by force if necessary); "the restriction of the infection to a focal area"


1. The act of limiting or condition of being limited:
2. Something that limits or restricts:


(= restriction)Eingrenzung f
(on coin) → Umschrift f
References in classic literature ?
Should the throes of change take me in the act of writing it, Hyde will tear it in pieces; but if some time shall have elapsed after I have laid it by, his wonderful selfishness and circumscription to the moment will probably save it once again from the action of his ape-like spite.
Then the general sent me back the letter by an aide-de-camp, informing me that if I were found the next day within the circumscription of his command, he would have me arrested.
Were I assured that this is the utmost I can reasonably expect, that assurance would be a useful circumscription of my attempts, and a guide in both the positive and negative determination of my course.
This means that deputies are attached to their circumscription and are less bound to the central apparatus of parties.
In general, the lesions are small and may resemble lymph nodes because of circumscription and peripheral inflammation.
Casually dining with Adam and Eve in the cool of their bower while discussing issues of mutual concern, Raphael represents the natural world as inextricably bound, ironically enough, to the concept of circumscription.
This is in fact a summation of Western economics; circumscription of the "knowable" world by what has had a price tag put on it.
is currently recognized as a highly polyphyletic genus and many attempts of new circumscription of smaller genera are in progress (e.
As such, he asserts that Salih's book can be "understood as the complex work of fictionalizing and deconstructing the encounter with modernity in the literary text" that, in turn, creates "possibilities for multiple readings of modernity that systematically resist circumscription and epistemological closure" (112-13).
Life-span, life-space theory and the theory of circumscription and compromise were also influential in the field.
If one of the candidates passes away, renounces or no longer fulfils the conditions stipulated by the law for being elected, no other elections are to take place, the circumscription electoral bureau pronouncing the other candidate mayor (Gilia, 2007: 87).
This variety is key, for it speaks both to the experimental and empirical nature of pliage, and to the larger oscillation in Hantars work between immersion and circumscription, between the desire to "lose himself" in painting and the active recovery of limits.