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.
4. 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. --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.
To know one's own limitations, to know the reach and limits of one's abilities.
n 1: a principle that limits the extent of something; "I am
willing to accept certain restrictions on my movements"
2: the quality of being limited or restricted; "it is a good
plan but it has serious limitations"
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: (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]