A limitation is something that holds you back, like a broken leg that keeps you off the dance floor during prom season.

A limitation could also be a rule that restricts what you can do, like needing to be a certain height to ride a roller coaster at an amusement park. It can also be a circumstance that hampers you, like a dead car that keeps you from traveling very far from home. The noun limitation comes up a lot in the law, especially in the phrase "statute of limitations," which dictates how long after a crime someone can be prosecuted for committing it.

Definitions of limitation

n an act of limiting or restricting (as by regulation)

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cutting off the electric current on certain lines when the demand becomes greater than the supply
arms control
a limitation on the size and armament of the armed forces of a country
a limitation or constraint
fixing (of prices or wages etc) at a particular level
sudden restriction on an activity
hiring freeze
a freeze on hiring
price freeze
a freeze of prices at a given level
wage freeze
a freeze of wages at a given level
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regulating, regulation
the act of controlling or directing according to rule

n the quality of being limited or restricted

“it is a good plan but it has serious limitations
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the quality of having an inferior or less favorable position

n the greatest amount of something that is possible or allowed

“it is growing rapidly with no limitation in sight”
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extremum, peak
the most extreme possible amount or value
a designated limit beyond which something cannot function or must be terminated
lower limit, minimum
the smallest possible quantity
maximum, upper limit
the largest possible quantity
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indefinite quantity
an estimated quantity

n a principle that limits the extent of something

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a restriction of range or scope
a limitation imposed on the variables of a proposition (as by the quantifiers `some' or `all' or `no')
a rule or condition that limits freedom
something that restrains a flood or outpouring
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regulation, rule
a principle or condition that customarily governs behavior

n (law) a time period after which suits cannot be brought

“statute of limitations
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time limit
a time period within which something must be done or completed

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