Pronunciation: (lim"i-tā'shun), [key]
1. a limiting condition; restrictive weakness; lack of capacity; inability or handicap: He knows his limitations as a writer.
2. something that limits; a limit or bound; restriction: an arms limitation; a limitation on imports.
3. the act of limiting.
4. the state of being limited.
5. Law.the assignment, as by statute, of a period of time within which an action must be brought, or the period of time assigned: a statute of limitations.
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