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- noun A legal restriction, as by law or court decision, on the time that is allowed to elapse between the arising of a legal claim and the filing of a suit based on such legal claim.
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- noun law Any
lawthat sets a time limit, after which a person may not be tried for a crime, or after which some other legal action may not take place.
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- noun a statute prescribing the time period during which legal action can be taken
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