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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 ?
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.
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.
These features suggest the need of a deeper investigation in order to determine how much these species are really related, with potential implication in the re-evaluation of their future generic and subgeneric circumscription.
adopted the narrower circumscription options in that work, recognizing
Neither is it surprising nor unreasonable that he devotes a lot of space to Reiter's (1980) default logic, which, along with McCarthy's (1980) circumscription and Moore's (1985) autoepistemic logic, is one of the holy trinity of nonmonotonic reasoning.
The point is not to quibble about the extent of subjection but rather to recognize the larger patterns of circumscription and control affecting women's lives and very beings, every instance of which will be somewhat different.
Excision for multiple glomangiomasmay be difficult because of their poor circumscription, multifocal nature and the large number of lesions.
Knowledge of these discrepancies can assist in understanding the processes of circumscription and compromise, which may be part of adolescent decision-making (Gottfredson, 2002).
A short-term investigation was conducted with the purpose of verifying how much improved morphological data based on living material may influence Alcantarea delimitation and its species circumscription in comparison to Vriesea.
3) In summary, PGNT is a distinctive low-grade mixed glioneuronal tumor typically affecting young adults, which shares with other mixed lineage tumors (such as ganglioglioma) relative circumscription from surrounding brain, frequent presentation with seizures, and favorable prognosis following simple excision.