Etymology
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circumscribe (v.)

late 14c., "to encompass; confine, restrain, mark out bounds or limits for," from Latin circumscribere "to make a circle around, encircle, draw a line around; limit, restrain, confine, set the boundaries of," from circum "around, round about" (see circum-) + scribere "to write" (from PIE root *skribh- "to cut"). Related: Circumscribed; circumscribing.

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Definitions of circumscribe

circumscribe (v.)
draw a line around;
circumscribe (v.)
restrict or confine within limits;
our actions are circumscribed by our biology, personality, and by the social and cultural context into which we are born
Synonyms: limit / confine to
circumscribe (v.)
to draw a geometric figure around another figure so that the two are in contact but do not intersect;
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