[syn: confining, constraining, constrictive, limiting, restricting]
2. strictly limiting the reference of a modified word or phrase;
- Example: "the restrictive clause in `Each made a list of the books that had influenced him' limits the books on the list to only those particular ones defined by the clause"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Limit \Lim"it\ (l[i^]m"[i^]t), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Limited; p.
pr. & vb. n. Limiting.] [F. limiter, L. limitare, fr.
limes, limitis, limit; prob. akin to limen threshold, E.
eliminate; cf. L. limus sidelong.]
To apply a limit to, or set a limit for; to terminate,
circumscribe, or restrict, by a limit or limits; as, to limit
the acreage of a crop; to limit the issue of paper money; to
limit one's ambitions or aspirations; to limit the meaning of
Limiting parallels (Astron.), those parallels of latitude
between which only an occultation of a star or planet by
the moon, in a given case, can occur.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: restricting the scope or freedom of action [syn:
confining, constraining, constrictive, limiting,
2: strictly limiting the reference of a modified word or phrase;
"the restrictive clause in `Each made a list of the books
that had influenced him' limits the books on the list to only
those particular ones defined by the clause"
n 1: the grammatical relation that exists when a word qualifies
the meaning of the phrase [syn: modification,
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
62 Moby Thesaurus words for "limiting":
altering, assuasive, bordering, borderline, boundary, bounding,
caudal, claustral, coastal, conclusive, confining, cramping,
defining, definitive, determinant, determinative, determining,
enclosing, endmost, eventual, exclusive, extenuating, extenuatory,
extreme, farthest, final, fringing, frontier, last, lenitive,
limbic, liminal, limit, limitary, limitative, littoral, marginal,
mitigating, mitigative, mitigatory, modificatory, modifying,
modulatory, narrowing, palliative, parietal, polar, qualificative,
qualificatory, qualifying, restricting, restrictive, rimming,
skirting, softening, surrounding, tail, terminal, terminating,
terminative, threshold, ultimate