Meaning of “limitation” in the English Dictionary

"limitation" in British English

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uk /ˌlɪm.ɪˈteɪ.ʃən/ us /ˌlɪm.əˈteɪ.ʃən/

C1 [ U ] the act of controlling and especially reducing something:

the limitation of nuclear weapons
limitations C1 [ plural ] disapproving

If someone or something has limitations, that person or thing is not as good as he, she, or it could be:

Living in an apartment is fine, but it does have its limitations - for example, you don't have your own garden.
Despite her limitations as an actress, she was a great entertainer.

(Definition of “limitation” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"limitation" in American English

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limitationnoun [ C/U ]

us /ˌlɪm·ɪˈteɪ·ʃən/

the act of controlling, or something that controls:

[ C ] The major limitation of early record players was the short playing time of the records.
[ U ] They favor anything that involves limitation of government control.

(Definition of “limitation” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"limitation" in Business English

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limitationnoun [ C or U ]

uk /ˌlɪmɪˈteɪʃən/ us

[ C, usually plural ] something that controls or reduces something:

limitation on/upon sth There are strict limitations on where such businesses can locate.
impose/place limitations on sb/sth Our course registration system placed limitations on how many students at one time could register for courses.

the act of controlling or reducing something:

One of the aims of the union from the beginning was the limitation of employers' authority.

if someone or something has limitations, they are not as good as they could be:

Limitations imposed by its subject matter make the book a dull read.
Despite his limitations as a manager, he always brings projects to completion on time.
acknowledge/recognize sth's limitations The UN must acknowledge its limitations, and avoid getting dragged into conflicts it cannot resolve.

(Definition of “limitation” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)