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circumscription

Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The act of circumscribing or the state of being circumscribed.
  • noun Something, such as a limit or restriction, that circumscribes.
  • noun A circumscribed space or area.
  • noun A circular inscription, as on a medallion.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A writing around; a circular inscription.
  • noun The act of circumscribing or the state of being circumscribed; the act of bounding, settling, or defining; limitation; restraint; confinement: as, the circumscription of arbitrary power.
  • noun The exterior line which marks the form of a figure or body; periphery: as, the circumscription of a leaf.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun rare An inscription written around anything.
  • noun The exterior line which determines the form or magnitude of a body; outline; periphery.
  • noun The act of limiting, or the state of being limited, by conditions or restraints; bound; confinement; limit.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun the act of circumscribing or the quality of being circumscribed
  • noun anything that circumscribes or a circumscribed area
  • noun taxonomy the definition of what does and does not belong to a given taxon, from a particular taxonomic viewpoint or taxonomic system.
  • noun An electoral district; used often in texts treating electoral systems in Romance countries.

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

  • noun the act of circumscribing

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Latin circumscrīptiō, circumscrīptiōn-, from circumscrīptus, past participle of circumscrībere, to circumscribe; see circumscribe.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Latin circumscrīptiō.

Examples

  • Although Paillard's writings do not reveal whether he was aware of growing commercial interest in Magude's riverine soils at the time the mission acquired the two concessions, he anticipated a land rush that gathered pace in the circumscription from the 1920s onward.

    Where Women Make History: Gendered Tellings of Community and Change in Magude, Mozambique

  • McCarthy & Hayes 1969 with the need for a nonmonotonic logic, and sketches the logical ideas of domain circumscription, which is now classified as the simplest case of circumscription.

    Logic and Artificial Intelligence

  • Accordingly, researchers in logic-based AI have put a lot of effort into developing a variety of non-monotonic reasoning formalisms, such as circumscription (McCarthy 1986), and investigating their application to the frame problem.

    The Frame Problem

  • BOOK: Bit beyond the unbearable circumscription of Alcestis's life, yes.

    In Conclusion, I Hate You All

  • It's been an uphill battle against the tight circumscription of roles dictated by magazines and fortified by generations of well-meaning mothers trying to help their children make their way in the world.

    Chauncey Zalkin: A Better Way To Represent Women

  • Many people seem to think that this search effectively ended in the late 19th/early 20th centuries, when novelists discovered realism, enhanced by modernist experiments in "psychological realism," and thus added these approaches to the earlier emphasis on storytelling, but I think that such an arbitrary circumscription of the novel's further development is effectively a renunciation of the form's own history as an "exploratory" practice.

    Experimental Fiction

  • It's been an uphill battle against the tight circumscription of roles dictated by magazines and fortified by generations of well-meaning mothers trying to help their children make their way in the world.

    Chauncey Zalkin: A Better Way To Represent Women

  • It's been an uphill battle against the tight circumscription of roles dictated by magazines and fortified by generations of well-meaning mothers trying to help their children make their way in the world.

    Chauncey Zalkin: A Better Way To Represent Women

  • These prose pieces ultimately acquire a kind of poetic intensity of effect in their bleak circumscription of the character's experience, although they avoid self-consciously "poetic" devices:

    Narrative Strategies

  • Hijacking astronomical argot from “white dwarves” to “red giants,” Big Bang explodes from this empty center with an elliptic circumscription of parodic pseudo-charts and de-functionalized cosmological notions.

    /ubu Editions, Third Series: 12 New Titles : Kenneth Goldsmith : Harriet the Blog : The Poetry Foundation

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