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1. Limiting oneself or itself.
2. Self-limited.

self′-lim′i·ta′tion (-tā′shən) n.
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1. limiting oneself or itself.
2. Also, self′-lim′ited. (of a disease) running a definite and limited course.
self′-limita′tion, n.
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International law, and the correlative obligations among nations created thereunder, are no less the outcome of the exercise of consensual self-limitation by individual states.
Yet for Hammershoi, sticking to one colour was not wilful self-limitation. In his nudes (to which the show dedicates a room) the complexity of his subdued palette reveals itself.
These Jewish prisoners were, according to Solzhenitsyn in chapter 20 of Two Hundred Years Together, the noblest embodiments of the "path of self-limitation" that Solzhenitsyn saw as an option even in the hellish world of Soviet forced-labor camps.
His only self-limitation, apparently, is plausible deniability -- a moral framework that seems to be based on old episodes of "The Sopranos." This is narcissism that has slipped its leash, roaming wherever it wishes across the wide world, and in our heads.
The vision of this dependence generates the self-limitation of the I, namely, what Fichte calls Selbstvernichtung (literally: self-annihilation), which is paradoxically the necessary condition to access one's individual vocation or Bestimmung.
In a curious move, the District Court granted the motion for amended findings by adding the following finding: [Husband] has continually acted in bad faith regarding the disclosure of requested documentation, his delayed payment of spousal maintenance, and his self-limitation of income by refusal to document efforts made to seek employment outside of his former field of work.
God's intentional self-limitation in creation, and later in incarnation, makes possible life that can be received and freely returned by grace to a right relationship with the Creator.
(13) the variances of the "post-communist coding of the institutions of self-exclusion and self-limitation of the carrier's liability";
The cottage embodies the opposing idea of perfect contentment through self-limitation. Its repetition throughout Faust links different kinds of contexts and, in so doing, develops the play's argument by continually shedding new light on its basic ideas.
It trains us in self-doubt and self-limitation just as it exercises men's unsupported overconfidence."
As Swift indicates, the loose set of ideas that falls under the rubric of degrowth connects with the socialist tradition via some of that tradition's more heterodox representatives, William Morris and Andre Gorz, for example, both of whom rejected the cornucopian assumptions underlying the classical socialist vision in favour of a belief in sufficiency and the self-limitation of needs; and both of whom also stood out from the socialist tradition in their emphasis on the ends of work: not simply how much is produced and by whom and under what conditions, but also what is produced and why.
self-limitation cannot support the conclusion that the Church of Humans