Cir`cum*scrip"tion (?), n. [L. circumscriptio. See Circumscribe.]

1.

An inscription written around anything.

[R.]

Ashmole.

2.

The exterior line which determines the form or magnitude of a body; outline; periphery.

Ray.

3.

The act of limiting, or the state of being limited, by conditions or restraints; bound; confinement; limit.

The circumscriptions of terrestrial nature. Johnson.

I would not my unhoused, free condition Put into circumscription and confine. Shak.

 

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