1. The act of limiting or the state of being limited: He was very successful in his limitation of salt intake.
2. A limiting rule or condition; a restriction: Are there any limitations on the agreement?
3. A shortcoming or defect: We need to overcome our limitations if we want to succeed.
4. Law A period established by statute during which a lawsuit or criminal prosecution must be initiated.
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