• WordNet 3.6
    • n limitation an act of limiting or restricting (as by regulation)
    • n limitation the quality of being limited or restricted "it is a good plan but it has serious limitations"
    • n limitation a principle that limits the extent of something "I am willing to accept certain restrictions on my movements"
    • n limitation 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"
    • n limitation (law) a time period after which suits cannot be brought "statute of limitations"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Tulsa, Oklahoma the limit on kisses is three minutes (by law).
    • Limitation (Law) A certain period limited by statute after which the claimant shall not enforce his claims by suit.
    • Limitation 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.
    • Limitation A limited time within or during which something is to be done. "You have stood your limitation , and the tribunes
      Endue you with the people's voice."
    • Limitation (Law) A restriction of power; as, a constitutional limitation .
    • Limitation (Law) A settling of an estate or property by specific rules.
    • Limitation 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."
    • Limitation 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."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: It is against the law in Pueblo, Colorado, to raise or permit a dandelion to grow within the city limits.
    • n limitation The act of bounding or circumscribing; the fixing of a limit or restriction.
    • n limitation The condition of being limited, bounded, or circumscribed; restriction.
    • n limitation An opposing limit or bound; a fixed or prescribed restriction; a restraining condition, defining circumstance, or qualifying conception: as, limitations of thought.
    • n limitation That to which one is limited; that which is required as a condition.
    • n limitation In law: The period of time prescribed by law after which an action cannot be brought. Since the investigation of controversies becomes more difficult with the lapse of time, and long delay to sue may imply either that satisfaction has been received or that all claim is abandoned, and as it is vexatious to revive stale claims, the law allows fixed periods, varying with the nature of the grievance, within which, if at all, a claimant must apply to the courts. The statutes fixing these periods are called statutes of limitations. From the limitation prescribed for actions to recover real property, it follows that a practically secure title to land can be acquired by mere adverse possession for a sufficient time.
    • n limitation In the law of conveyancing, the carving out of an estate less than a fee simple absolute (see fee); the prescribing of an ulterior direction for the devolution of an estate in case the estate of the primary grantee shall fail. If a deed or will gives property to A limiting his estate to his life, and on his death giving the property to B, the gift to B is a limitation, or limitation over. If the property is given to A so long as she remains unmarried, adding that in case she marries the property is to go to B, the added clause is a conditional limitation, or a limitation over dependent on a condition. If a condition only is prescribed without adding a limitation over, the property will, if the condition be valid, revert to the donor or his heirs.
    • n limitation The particular district in which a limiter or begging friar was allowed to beg for alms.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The world's first speed limit regulation was in England in 1903. It was 20 mph.
    • n Limitation the act of limiting, bounding, or restraining: the state of being limited, bounded, or restrained: restriction
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  • Brendan Francis
    Brendan Francis
    “Once we accept our limits, we go beyond them.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    “The older we get the more we must limit ourselves if we wish to be active.”
  • Peter Mcwilliams
    Peter Mcwilliams
    “When we argue for our limitations, we get to keep them.”
  • Elbert Hubbard
    “One who limits himself to his chosen mode of ignorance.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Whatever limits us we call fate.”
  • Marvin Gaye
    Marvin Gaye
    “Most fear stems from sin; to limit one's sins, one must assuredly limit one's fear, thereby bringing more peace to one's spirit.”


Sky is the limit - When people say that the sky is the limit, they think that there are no limits to the possibilities something could have.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. limitatio,: cf. F. limitation,. See Limit (v. t.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. limes, limitis, a boundary.


In literature:

The location was then beyond the city limits.
"Lights and Shadows of New York Life" by James D. McCabe
Individuality involves limitation, limitation in its turn involves ignorance, and ignorance is the source of sorrow.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 3" by Various
This latter limitation did not and could not exist in the Territories.
"The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government, Vol. 1 (of 2)" by Jefferson Davis
The Bulgarians are religious in a simple way, but not fanatical, and the influence of the priesthood is limited.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 4" by Various
The northerly limit of its successful growth in North America is somewhere about 50 deg.
"Clovers and How to Grow Them" by Thomas Shaw
In Warsaw there was much misery, for the plunderer had worked conscription and seizure to its furthest limit.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great - Volume 14" by Elbert Hubbard
If it wasn't for the mountains hemming the horizon, our 'wide open spaces' would be without limit.
"David Lannarck, Midget" by George S. Harney
Fifty thousand people have occupations in it in the night-time who reside beyond its limits during the day.
"Up To Date Business" by Various
That strenuous efforts are being made to improve the system, within its own limits, I can well believe.
"What Is and What Might Be" by Edmond Holmes
Although the Army's racial policy differed from the Navy's, the resulting limited, separate service for Negroes proved similar.
"Integration of the Armed Forces, 1940-1965" by Morris J. MacGregor Jr.

In poetry:

He bid the liquid waters flow
To their appointed deep;
The flowing seas their limits know
And their own station keep.
"Psalm XXXIII: Rejoice, Ye Righteous" by Isaac Watts
He bid the liquid waters flow
To their appointed deep;
The flowing seas their limits know,
And their own station keep).
"Psalm 33 part 1" by Isaac Watts
No cage set limits to their pace;
They held the hunt at bay;
And in their careless mien I trace
The savage mood to-day.
"Rebel Hearts" by John Le Gay Brereton
Till Forty-mile, and Stony Creek,
Revived our waning hopes,
And round Fort-George a limit held
The Yankees as with ropes.
"A Ballad Of 1812" by Sarah Anne Curzon
“Ask and receive Thy full demands;
Thine shall the heathen be;
The utmost limits of the lands
Shall be possessed by Thee.
"With restless and ungoverned rage" by Nahum Tate and Nicholas Brady
Adam. He every place pervades,
But is confined in none:
In him the limits of all grandeur lie,
But he exists unlimited by space.
"Adam: A Sacred Drama. Act 2. " by William Cowper

In news:

NBA commissioner David Stern's push to see an age limit of 23 for the men's Olympic basketball tournament is losing steam.
Rotaract Council tackles age limit , dues.
Concussions expert urges age limit on head blows.
A study in the journal Science offers this insight: No matter who you are, having severely limited funds alters the way you make decisions about using them.
Proposed Age Limit Is Hollow Altruism .
Serving people with mobility limitations once made up nearly 100 percent of Amigo 's business.
The government could very quickly discover the limits of its borrowing capacity.
While many Portlanders still pluck aging birds for the broiler, others seek a more pastoral end for them away from the city, where regulations limit the size of urban flocks.
Limited access for people with limited means MISS : Lakeview Market in Lucerne lost the ability to accept food stamp permanently following a USDA investigation.
Limited access for people with limited means.
Four Democratic lawmakers in the House are up against term limits, and another four are term-limited in the Senate.
A limited run of 250 ornaments will be made this year, with a limit of four ornaments per order.
If you're like many start-up founders I know, you're on a limited budget, have limited manpower, and you're working in an industry that's new to you.
Transportation officials in Texas are testing a new 41-mile segment of highway to see whether it would be safe to post the state's first 85 mph speed limit, setting it on a path to have the highest posted speed limit in the U.S.
New rules proposed for Council would limit members' comments to five minutes per speech during committee meetings, and also limit the number of proclamations one could carry out in a Council session.

In science:

Although it might be easy to find the two steady states and the limit cycle by studying the agent based model and not its algebraic representation, one would still need to prove that these are the only fixed points and that there is exactly one limit cycle of length 2, and no limit cycles of greater length.
A Mathematical Framework for Agent Based Models of Complex Biological Networks
We give a general local central limit theorem for the sum of two independent random variables, one of which satisfies a central limit theorem while the other satisfies a local central limit theorem with the same order variance.
Local central limit theorems in stochastic geometry
T Σ−1v ]θ2(cid:9) E (e−θY |X = x) = exp (cid:8)−[ν + vT Σ−1 (x − µ)]θ + 1 converges to a positive limit as m, n → ∞, since because of the value of θ the difference between the large terms in ν and τ 2 converges to a finite limit, and the other terms also converge to finite limits.
The associated random walk and martingales in random walks with stationary increments
Relaxing the mixing assumptions changes the limits somewhat, but the b′ limits vary by less than 20%, while the t′ limits increase in some mixing scenarios to mt′ > O(400 GeV ).
Four Generations, Higgs Physics, and the MSSM
We remark that the limit random variable Z∞ is a pair of the form (η∞ , X∞ ), where η∞ is the limit configuration of lamps, which is not necessary finitely supported, and X∞ is the limit of the base random walk (Xn ) on G.
Lamplighter Random Walks and Entropy-Sensitivity of Languages