English edit

Etymology edit

Borrowed from Latin limitatio. Morphologically limit +‎ -ation

Pronunciation edit

  • IPA(key): /lɪmɪˈteɪʃən/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -eɪʃən

Noun edit

limitation (countable and uncountable, plural limitations)

  1. The act of limiting or the state of being limited.
  2. A restriction; a boundary, real or metaphorical, caused by some thing or some circumstance.
    Getting into his wheelchair after his amputation, it felt like a limitation you could roll in.
    He understood the exam material, but his fear was a limitation he could not overcome.
    • 1962 December, “The Oxted Line diesel-electric multiple-units”, in Modern Railways, page 383:
      The coaches are similar to those of the Hampshire diesel-electric units, which went into service in September, 1957, but have 8ft 6in wide bodies, instead of 9ft, because of loading gauge limitations on the South Eastern Division.
  3. An imperfection or shortcoming that limits something's use or value.
    • 2018, Clarence Green, James Lambert, “Position vectors, homologous chromosomes and gamma rays: Promoting disciplinary literacy through Secondary Phrase Lists”, in English for Specific Purposes, →DOI, page 5:
      Both the MI score and the t-score have their limitations. MI computes a logarithm representing the number of co-occurrences of words compared to their occurrences apart in the corpus, which can highlight rare collocations if the components tend not to occur with other words. The t-score formula is less susceptible to this but its numerical result cannot be meaningfully compared across corpora of different sizes.
  4. (law) A time period after which some legal action may no longer be brought.
    The lawyer obtained impunity by dragging his obviously guilty client's case beyond the ten-year limitation.

Synonyms edit

Antonyms edit

Derived terms edit

Related terms edit

Translations edit

The translations below need to be checked and inserted above into the appropriate translation tables. See instructions at Wiktionary:Entry layout § Translations.

References edit

Anagrams edit

French edit

Etymology edit

Borrowed from Latin līmitātiōnem. By surface analysis, limiter +‎ -ation.

Pronunciation edit

Noun edit

limitation f (plural limitations)

  1. limitation (action of limiting) [from 1304]
    Antonym: illimitation
    traité de limitation des armementsarms limitation treaty
    Il a obtenu un congé sans aucune limitation de temps.He obtained leave without any time limit.

See also edit

Further reading edit