Hypertext Webster Gateway: "limitation"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Limitation \Lim`i*ta"tion\ (-t[=a]"sh[u^]n), n. [L. limitatio:
cf. F. limitation. See {Limit}, v. t.]
1. The act of limiting; the state or condition of being
limited; as, the limitation of his authority was approved
by the council.

They had no right to mistake the limitation . . . of
their own faculties, for an inherent limitation of
the possible modes of existence in the universe.
--J. S. Mill.

2. That which limits; a restriction; a qualification; a
restraining condition, defining circumstance, or
qualifying conception; as, limitations of thought.

The cause of error is ignorance what restraints and
limitations all principles have in regard of the
matter whereunto they are applicable. --Hooker.

3. A certain precinct within which friars were allowed to
beg, or exercise their functions; also, the time during
which they were permitted to exercise their functions in
such a district. --Chaucer. Latimer.

4. A limited time within or during which something is to be

You have stood your limitation, and the tribunes
Endue you with the people's voice. --Shak.

5. (Law)
(a) A certain period limited by statute after which the
claimant shall not enforce his claims by suit.
(b) A settling of an estate or property by specific rules.
(c) A restriction of power; as, a constitutional
limitation. --Wharton. Bouvier.

{To know one's own limitations}, to know the reach and limits
of one's abilities. --A. R. Wallace.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n 1: a principle that limits the extent of something; "I am
willing to accept certain restrictions on my movements"
[syn: {restriction}]
2: the quality of being limited or restricted; "it is a good
plan but it has serious limitations" [syn: {restriction}]
3: 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" [syn: {limit}]
4: (in law) a time period after which suits cannot be brought;
"statute of limitations"
5: an act of limiting or restricting (as by regulation) [syn: {restriction}]

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