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  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of circumscribe.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Inclosed within certain limits; its; narrow, as applied to the mind: specifically, in pathology, applied to tumors whose bases are well defined and distinct from the surrounding parts.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. subject to limits or subjected to limits


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  • England, are from Mr. William Lee and you will be so good as to forward them, with his name circumscribed and inclosed to Messieurs Frederic Goutard and Fils, Banquiers a

    John Adams autobiography, part 2, "Travels, and Negotiations," 1777-1778

  • When the augur moved his wand aloft and designated the portion of the heavens in which he was to make his observations, he called the circumscribed area of the ethereal blue a temple, and when the mediæval astrologer did the same, he named the space a "house."

    The Story of Rome from the Earliest Times to the End of the Republic

  • Lake called the FCC's role in retrans disputes "circumscribed" -- FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said the FCC did not plan to step in if Sinclair pulls its signals Jan. 8, so long as the bargaining is in "good faith."

    B&C - Advertising News

  • Nor, of course, has the current Court suggested that habeas for the Gitmo detainees needs to amount to a full-blown re-examination of the government’s evidence and procedures; something more circumscribed is contemplated.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Lawyers, Treason, and Deception: A Response to Andrew McCarthy

  • Although regarded by many as a disease distinct from scleroderma, morphea is best described as a circumscribed scleroderma, and presents itself in two clinical aspects: patches and bands, the patches being the more common.

    Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine

  • When it is circumscribed, that is, when, but a small portion of the animal structure is involved, Fever is not ordinarily developed.

    An Epitome of Practical Surgery, for Field and Hospital.

  • Resistance is not defined as a circumscribed set of actions, but is rather a state of mind, an emergent construct that refuses to be awed by the power of the Olympics and its corporate sponsors or the levels of government that actively do their bidding. - News for the rest of us

  • In order to get from the idea of circumscribed options to determined option we'd need to add some other thesis.


  • 'No, it ain't that,' said Sam, '"circumscribed"; that's it.'

    Sam Weller's Walentine

  • Only yesterday he said to me, 'Mrs. Brown, if ever you feel yourself circumscribed' – yes, 'circumscribed' was the word – 'just walk out of your garden-gate and in at mine and enjoy yourself at your leisure among my fruit-trees.'

    The Experiences of Loveday Brooke, Lady Detective


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