circumscription definition by Webster's New World
- a circumscribing or being circumscribed
- a boundary or outline
- a limitation or restriction
- a surrounding substance
- a circumscribed space or area
- an inscription, as around a coin or medal
Origin: Classical Latin circumscriptio
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- circumscriptive adjective
circumscription definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- The act of circumscribing or the state of being circumscribed.
- Something, such as a limit or restriction, that circumscribes.
- A circumscribed space or area.
- A circular inscription, as on a medallion.
Origin: Latin circumscrīptiō, circumscrīptiōn-, from circumscrīptus, past participle of circumscrībere, to circumscribe; see circumscribe.
- cirˌcum·scripˈtive adjective
- cirˌcum·scripˈtive·ly adverb