American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Roman Catholic Church The abode of unbaptized but innocent or righteous souls, as those of infants or virtuous individuals who lived before the coming of Christ.
- n. A region or condition of oblivion or neglect: Management kept her promotion in limbo for months.
- n. A state or place of confinement.
- n. An intermediate place or state.
- n. A West Indian dance in which the dancers keep bending over backward and passing under a pole that is lowered slightly each time.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A supposed border-land of hell; a region which has been believed by many to exist on the borders of hell, and to be the appointed abode of those who have not received the grace of Christ while living, and yet have not deserved the punishments of wilful and impenitent sinners. See the phrases.
- n. Any similar region apart from this world.
- n. A prison or other place of confinement; any place where things of little or doubtful value are deposited or thrown aside.
- n. A kind of coarse cotton cloth worn by South Africans.
- n. Roman Catholic theology The place where innocent souls exist temporarily until they can enter heaven, notably those of the saints who died before the advent of Christ (limbus patruum) and those of unbaptized but innocent children (limbus infantum).
- n. by extension Any in-between place, state or condition of neglect or oblivion which results in an unresolved status, delay or deadlock.
- n. A dance played by taking turns crossing under a horizontal bar or stick. The stick is lowered with each round, and the game is won by the player who passes under the bar in the lowest position.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Scholastic Theol.) An spiritual region where certain classes of souls were supposed to await the last judgment.
- n. Hence: Any real or imaginary place of restraint or confinement; a prison.
- n. A state of waiting, or uncertainty, in which final judgment concerning the outcome of a decision is postponed, perhaps indefinitely; neglect for an indefinite time.
- n. (Anat.) A border or margin.
- n. A West Indian dance contest, in which participants must dance under a pole which is lowered successively until only one participant can successfully pass under, without falling. It is often performed at celebrations, such as weddings.
- n. an imaginary place for lost or neglected things
- n. the state of being disregarded or forgotten
- n. (theology) in Roman Catholicism, the place of unbaptized but innocent or righteous souls (such as infants and virtuous individuals)
- From Latin limbus ("border") (cognate with limp), notably in the (ablative) expression in limbo ("on the edge"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Medieval Latin (in) limbō, (in) Limbo, ablative of limbus, Limbo, from Latin, border.Probably ultimately of African origin. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“And outside of Congress another race that remains in limbo is the contest for chairman of the Republican National Committee.”
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“The plight of being brought back to life and forced to live in limbo is explored in all its complexity in Nick Moulton's "The Quick And The Dead".”
“I am in what they call limbo in my own country because of the invading British born Islamic army living here within my homeland that wants me dead and that are ultimately at war with our Judeo/Christian British society.”
“The U.N. refugee chief has called on countries to end the plight of some 12 million stateless people caught in what he described as "limbo," denied basic human rights because no country will grant them citizenship.”
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“If you are weak energy you stay caught in what we call limbo (the illusion of experience), if you are able to see the through or lift the veil and understand the distraction creating all the minds discontent you are what we call completing lessons controlling what you allow by understanding truths and false truths.”
“But to think it’s taken seven years to get their “story” straight, and still no trials for those in limbo is unconscionable.”
“Related: Graham's exit puts climate change bill in limbo”
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