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cir·cum·scribe

 (sûr′kəm-skrīb′)
tr.v. cir·cum·scribed, cir·cum·scrib·ing, cir·cum·scribes
1. To draw a line around; encircle.
2.
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.
3.
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!
Life was cheaper because it was circumscribed: that most expensive luxury, the kind of life that can be changed at any moment, was no longer his nor did he wish for it.
There are others which have a more circumscribed though an equally operative influence within their spheres.
The jurisdiction of her several courts, general and local, of law, of equity, of admiralty, etc., is not less a source of frequent and intricate discussions, sufficiently denoting the indeterminate limits by which they are respectively circumscribed. All new laws, though penned with the greatest technical skill, and passed on the fullest and most mature deliberation, are considered as more or less obscure and equivocal, until their meaning be liquidated and ascertained by a series of particular discussions and adjudications.
But here you felt yourself closer to the wide, deep ocean than on the shore of that North Sea which seemed always circumscribed; here you could draw a long breath as you looked out upon the even vastness; and the west wind, the dear soft salt wind of England, uplifted the heart and at the same time melted it to tenderness.
'No, it ain't that,' said Sam, '"circumscribed"; that's 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!