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1. Acting as a limit.
2. Grammar Restricting the range of application of the noun modified.


restricting or tending to restrict


(ˈlɪm ɪ tɪŋ)

1. serving to restrict or restrain; restrictive; confining.
2. (of an adjective or other modifier) serving to restrict, rather than describe, the word it modifies, as this in this room or certain in a certain person. Compare descriptive (def. 2a).
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.limiting - the grammatical relation that exists when a word qualifies the meaning of the phrase
grammatical relation - a linguistic relation established by grammar
restrictiveness - a grammatical qualification that makes the meaning more specific (`red hat' has a more specific meaning than `hat')
apposition - a grammatical relation between a word and a noun phrase that follows; "`Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer' is an example of apposition"
Adj.1.limiting - restricting the scope or freedom of action
restrictive - serving to restrict; "teenagers eager to escape restrictive home environments"
2.limiting - strictly limiting the reference of a modified word or phrase; "the restrictive clause in `Each made a list of the books that had influenced him' limits the books on the list to only those particular ones defined by the clause"
grammar - the branch of linguistics that deals with syntax and morphology (and sometimes also deals with semantics)
restrictive - serving to restrict; "teenagers eager to escape restrictive home environments"


[ˈlɪmɪtɪŋ] ADJrestrictivo
References in classic literature ?
The cause was not in Dantes, but in providence, who, while limiting the power of man, has filled him with boundless desires.
Perhaps, however, I have wronged the public in limiting them to such words as 'immoral,' 'unintelligible,' 'exotic,' and 'unhealthy.
But if I can be the means of restraining the publicity of the business, of limiting the exhibition, of concentrating our folly, I shall be well repaid.
He evidently had but a narrow idea of the scope and nature of the enterprise, limiting his views merely to his part of it; everything beyond the concerns of his ship was out of his sphere; and anything that interfered with the routine of his nautical duties put him in a passion.