limited

If your gift certificate is only good for a limited amount of time, you have a specific number of days in which you can use it. Limited means short, small, or restricted by specific rules.

When a rock concert has a limited number of seats, you may not be able to count on sitting down for the show. Likewise, it's tricky to open a business in a city with a limited amount of retail space. The adjective limited, which comes from the verb limit, was originally used to describe certain train routes — a limited was a term for an express train the late 1800's.

Definitions of limited
  1. adjective
    subject to limits or subjected to limits
    synonyms: circumscribed
    restricted
    subject to restriction or subjected to restriction
  2. adjective
    not unlimited
    “a limited list of choices”
    Synonyms:
    finite
    bounded or limited in magnitude or spatial or temporal extent
  3. adjective
    including only a part
    Synonyms:
    incomprehensive, noncomprehensive
    not comprehensive
  4. adjective
    small in range or scope
    limited war”
    “a limited success”
    “a limited circle of friends”
    Synonyms:
    minor, modest, pocket-size, pocket-sized, small, small-scale
    limited in size or scope
    narrow
    limited in size or scope
    narrow
    not wide
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    Antonyms:
    limitless, unlimited
    having no limits in range or scope
    bottomless
    having no apparent limits or bounds
    oceanic
    resembling the ocean in apparent limitlessness in extent or degree
    untrammeled, untrammelled
    not confined or limited
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  5. adjective
    having a specific function or scope
    synonyms: special
    specific
    (sometimes followed by `to') applying to or characterized by or distinguishing something particular or special or unique
  6. adjective
    mediocre
    synonyms: modified
    qualified
    limited or restricted; not absolute
  7. adjective
    not excessive
    Synonyms:
    moderate
    being within reasonable or average limits; not excessive or extreme
  8. noun
    public transport consisting of a fast train or bus that makes only a few scheduled stops
    synonyms: express
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    Antonyms:
    local
    public transport consisting of a bus or train that stops at all stations or stops
    type of:
    public transport
    conveyance for passengers or mail or freight
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