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limitation

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
  1. noun
    an act of limiting or restricting (as by regulation)
    synonyms: restriction
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    load-shedding
    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
    hold-down
    a limitation or constraint
    freeze
    fixing (of prices or wages etc) at a particular level
    clampdown
    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
  2. noun
    the quality of being limited or restricted
    “it is a good plan but it has serious limitations
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    disadvantage
    the quality of having an inferior or less favorable position
  3. noun
    the greatest amount of something that is possible or allowed
    “it is growing rapidly with no limitation in sight”
    synonyms: limit
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    extremum, peak
    the most extreme possible amount or value
    cutoff
    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
  4. noun
    a principle that limits the extent of something
    synonyms: restriction, stricture
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    narrowness
    a restriction of range or scope
    quantification
    a limitation imposed on the variables of a proposition (as by the quantifiers `some' or `all' or `no')
    restraint
    a rule or condition that limits freedom
    floodgate
    something that restrains a flood or outpouring
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    regulation, rule
    a principle or condition that customarily governs behavior
  5. noun
    (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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