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[lim-i-tey-shuh n] /ˌlɪm ɪˈteɪ ʃən/

a condition; restrictive weakness; lack of capacity; inability or handicap:
He knows his limitations as a writer.
something that ; a or bound; restriction:
an arms limitation; a limitation on imports.
the act of .
the state of being .
Law. the assignment, as by statute, of a period of time within which an action must be brought, or the period of time assigned:
a statute of limitations.
something that limits a quality or achievement
the act of limiting or the condition of being limited
(law) a certain period of time, legally defined, within which an action, claim, etc, must be commenced
(property law) a restriction upon the duration or extent of an estate

late 14c., from Old French limitacion and directly from Latin limitationem (nominative limitatio), noun of action from past participle stem of limitare (see limit (v.)). Phrase statute of limitations attested by 1768.


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