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[ US /ˌsɝkəmsˈkɹaɪb/ ]
[ UK /sˈɜːkəmskɹˌa‍ɪb/ ]
  1. restrict or confine within limits
    please confine your questions to the topic
    I limit you to two visits to the pub a day
    our actions are circumscribed by our biology, personality, and by the social and cultural context into which we are born
  2. to draw a geometric figure around another figure so that the two are in contact but do not intersect
  3. draw a line around
    He drew a circle around the points
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How To Use circumscribe In A Sentence

  • There followed a series of tightly circumscribed visits to military installations.
  • One, they should circumscribe the role of the ombudsman, preferably to higher levels of government, and focus on increasing transparency. Getting a Grip on Indian Corruption
  • While some scholars argue for re-enactment's interrogative possibilities, these possibilities tend to be circumscribed.
  • Lentigo consists simply of a circumscribed deposit of pigment granules -- merely a localized increase of the normal pigment, differing from chloasma (_q.v. _) only in the size and shape of the pigmentation. Essentials of Diseases of the Skin Including the Syphilodermata Arranged in the Form of Questions and Answers Prepared Especially for Students of Medicine
  • Kepler showed that the distances of the planets can be correlated with the radii of spherical shells, which are inscribed within, and circumscribed around, a nest of the five regular solids.
  • Political scientists use the term corporatism to describe a practice whereby a state, through the process of licensing and regulating officially-incorporated social, religious, economic, or popular organizations, effectively co-opts their leadership or circumscribes their ability to challenge state authority by establishing the state as the source of their legitimacy, as well as sometimes running them, either directly or indirectly through corporations. Libertarian Blog Place
  • The fantasy of the undecorated house is Tuesday morning as it is actually lived, not as we would like other people to imagine it; it is the idea of energy, of chaos, of motion, of mess well, mess within very circumscribed and aesthetically pleasing limits: children lying in a pile of books, artfully unmade beds, one piece of clothing strewn across a couch. The Rise of the Personal
  • These symbols of solidarity circumscribe the Amish world and bridle the forces of assimilation.
  • It was a period when French cinema was strictly circumscribed by the German occupiers and consisted largely of boulevard comedies.
  • The first indications of the bones and joints are circumscribed condensations of the mesoderm; these condensed parts become chondrified and finally ossified to form the bones of the skeleton. III. Syndesmology. 2. Development of the Joints
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