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

  • adj. Of or relating to a limit or boundary.
  • adj. Limiting; restrictive.
  • adj. Archaic Limited.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of or pertaining to a limit or boundary
  • adj. That limits or restricts

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Placed at the limit, as a guard.
  • adj. Confined within limits; limited in extent, authority, power, etc.
  • adj. Limiting, or tending to limit; restrictive.
  • n. That which serves to limit; a boundary; border land.
  • n. A limiter. See Limiter, 2.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Marking or maintaining a limit or boundary; limiting; restrictive.
  • Subject to limitation; restricted within limits; limited.
  • n. That which constitutes a limit or boundary, as a stretch of land; a border-land.
  • n. Same as limiter, 2.


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  • It is a perfect cosmopolite in essence and in action; it has nothing local or limitary in its nature; it participates the character of the soul from which it emanated.

    Uncollected Prose

  • For a philosopher should not see with the eyes of the poor limitary creature calling himself

    Confessions of an English Opium-Eater

  • He was reminded, however, that his power was limitary, and that he would not be allowed to exceed it.

    The Life of Sir Richard Burton

  • He is finely _imagined_, and poorly _conceived_, -- true, that is, to the inspiring substance of man, but not true to his limitary form: for imagination gives the revealing form, conception the form which limits and conceals.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 16, No. 96, October 1865

  • But if, on the other hand, his book be written in full, unblinking view of all that is fixed and limitary in man and around him, and if, in face of this, it conduct growth to its consummation, then we may give him something better than any praise, -- namely, heed.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 16, No. 96, October 1865

  • He is still a little straitened, a little pestered by the doubting and critical optics which our time turns upon man, a little victimized by his knowledge of limitary conditions and secondary laws.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 16, No. 96, October 1865

  • The Philippine Commission commenced its functions as the legislative body, with limitary executive powers in addition, on September 1,

    The Philippine Islands

  • It would be easy to add exceptions to the limitary tone of English thought, and much more easy to adduce examples of excellence particular veins: and if, going out of the region of dogma, we pass into that of general culture, there is no end of the graces and amenities, wit, sensibility, and erudition, of the learned class.

    XIV. English Traits. Literature

  • The brilliant dare-devil from Italy despised alike the raw, limitary, reputable, priggish undergraduates and the dull, snuffling, smug-looking, fussy dons.

    The Life of Sir Richard Burton

  • Through courts, through camps, o'er limitary floods;



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