limitation


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lim·i·ta·tion

 (lĭm′ĭ-tā′shən)
n.
1. The act of limiting or the state of being limited: He was very successful in his limitation of salt intake.
2. A limiting rule or condition; a restriction: Are there any limitations on the agreement?
3. A shortcoming or defect: We need to overcome our limitations if we want to succeed.
4. Law A period established by statute during which a lawsuit or criminal prosecution must be initiated.

limitation

(ˌlɪmɪˈteɪʃən)
n
1. something that limits a quality or achievement
2. the act of limiting or the condition of being limited
3. (Law) law a certain period of time, legally defined, within which an action, claim, etc, must be commenced
4. (Law) property law a restriction upon the duration or extent of an estate

lim•i•ta•tion

(ˌlɪm ɪˈteɪ ʃən)

n.
1. a limiting condition; restrictive weakness; lack of capacity: to know one's limitations.
2. something that limits; a limit or bound; restriction.
3. the act of limiting.
4. the state of being limited.
5. a period of time, defined by statute, during which legal action may be taken.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Latin līmitātiō fixing of boundaries, derivative of līmitāre to enclose within boundaries]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.limitation - a principle that limits the extent of somethinglimitation - a principle that limits the extent of something; "I am willing to accept certain restrictions on my movements"
rule, regulation - a principle or condition that customarily governs behavior; "it was his rule to take a walk before breakfast"; "short haircuts were the regulation"
narrowness - a restriction of range or scope; "the problem with achievement tests is the narrowness they impose on students"; "the attraction of the book is precisely its narrowness of focus"; "frustrated by the narrowness of people's horizons"
quantification - a limitation imposed on the variables of a proposition (as by the quantifiers `some' or `all' or `no')
restraint - a rule or condition that limits freedom; "legal restraints"; "restraints imposed on imports"
2.limitation - the quality of being limited or restricted; "it is a good plan but it has serious limitations"
disadvantage - the quality of having an inferior or less favorable position
3.limitation - 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"
indefinite quantity - an estimated quantity
peak, extremum - the most extreme possible amount or value; "voltage peak"
cutoff - a designated limit beyond which something cannot function or must be terminated
4.limitation - (law) a time period after which suits cannot be brought; "statute of limitations"
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
time limit - a time period within which something must be done or completed
5.limitation - an act of limiting or restricting (as by regulation)
regulating, regulation - the act of controlling or directing according to rule; "fiscal regulations are in the hands of politicians"
load-shedding - cutting off the electric current on certain lines when the demand becomes greater than the supply
arms control - a limitation on the size and armament of the armed forces of a country
hold-down - a limitation or constraint; "taxpayers want a hold-down on government spending"
freeze - fixing (of prices or wages etc) at a particular level; "a freeze on hiring"
clampdown - sudden restriction on an activity

limitation

noun
1. restriction, control, check, block, curb, restraint, constraint, obstruction, impediment There is to be no limitation on the number of opposition parties.

limitation

noun
1. The act of limiting or condition of being limited:
3. The greatest amount or number allowed:
Translations
تَحْديدقُصور، ضَعْف
nedostatekomezení
begrænsning
rajoitus
takmarkanirtakmörkun
eksiklikkısıtlamakusursınırlama

limitation

[ˌlɪmɪˈteɪʃən] Nlimitación f, restricción f (Jur) → prescripción f
he has his limitationstiene sus limitaciones, tiene sus puntos flacos
there is no limitation on exportsno hay restricción a las exportaciones

limitation

[ˌlɪmɪˈteɪʃən]
n
(= control) → limitation f
the limitation of nuclear weapons → la limitation des armements nucléaires
a limitation on sth → une limitation sur qch limitations
npl [person] → limites fpl
to know one's own limitations → connaître ses limites
It's important to know your own limitations → Il est important de connaître vos limites.

limitation

nBeschränkung f; (of freedom, spending)Einschränkung f; damage limitationSchadensbegrenzung f; poor education is a great limitationeine schlechte Schulbildung ist ein großes Handicap; there is no limitation on exports of coales gibt keine Beschränkungen für den Kohleexport; the limitations of a bilingual dictionarydie beschränkten Möglichkeiten eines zweisprachigen Wörterbuchs; to have one’s/its limitationsseine Grenzen haben

limitation

[ˌlɪmɪˈteɪʃn] nlimitazione f, restrizione f
he has/knows his limitations → ha/conosce i suoi limiti

limit

(ˈlimit) noun
1. the farthest point or place; the boundary. There was no limit to his ambition.
2. a restriction. We must put a limit on our spending.
verb
to set a restriction on. We must limit the amount of time we spend on this work.
ˌlimiˈtation noun
1. an act of limiting.
2. a lack, eg of a particular facility, ability etc. We all have our limitations.
ˈlimited adjective
1. (negative unlimited) not very great, large etc; restricted. My experience is rather limited.
2. (with capital, abbreviated to Ltd. when written) a word used in the titles of certain companies. West. and R. Chambers Ltd.
ˈlimitless adjective

limitation

n. limitación, restricción;
___ of motion___ de movimiento.
References in classic literature ?
I had not been home a full half-hour, after witnessing those playful sham-duels, when circumstances made it necessary for me to get ready immediately to assist personally at a real one--a duel with no effeminate limitation in the matter of results, but a battle to the death.
This description must be received with a week-day limitation.
This forms a complete barrier against any material oppression of the citizens by taxes of this class, and is itself a natural limitation of the power of imposing them.
Next to the effectual establishment of the Union, the best possible precaution against danger from standing armies is a limitation of the term for which revenue may be appropriated to their support.
I accept your limitation," said Van Helsing, "and all I ask of you is that if you feel it necessary to condemn any act of mine, you will first consider it well and be satisfied that it does not violate your reservations.
I will tell you: in consequence of their limitation they take immediate and secondary causes for primary ones, and in that way persuade themselves more quickly and easily than other people do that they have found an infallible foundation for their activity, and their minds are at ease and you know that is the chief thing.
To anything like a permanence of abode, or limitation of society, Henry Crawford had, unluckily, a great dislike: he could not accommodate his sister in an article of such importance; but he escorted her, with the utmost kindness, into Northamptonshire, and as readily engaged to fetch her away again, at half an hour's notice, whenever she were weary of the place.
For government; let it be in the hands of one, assisted with some counsel; and let them have commission to exercise martial laws, with some limitation.
Something in this limitation by a series of living walls made him feel as if he were really entering a shattered house instead of an open field.
But a certain limitation of mind seems to be an indispensable asset, if not to all public personages, at least to all serious financiers.
condescend to their limitation and to indicate the situation by the use of a homely analogy which will be within the limits of the intelligence of your readers.
Of course he combined with this limitation in the scope of his enterprise the most careful polish in its performance.