noun Etymology: Latin circumscription-, circumscriptio, from circumscribere Date: 1531 1. the act of circumscribing ; the state of being circumscribed: as a. definition, delimitation <
the circumscription of her duties
b. limitation 2. something that circumscribes: as a. limit, boundary b. restriction <
a circumscription of his power to act
3. a circumscribed area or district

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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