What does the word circumscribe mean?

Usage examples for circumscribe

  1. Furthermore, the fact of her husband being out of work tended to still further circumscribe the limits of her generosity. – Mary, Mary by James Stephens Commentator: Padraic Colum
  2. For this step he had two good reasons: the first was the necessity of disencumbering himself of a connection which might have impeded his usefulness- to use his own words- in his public relations; the second reason was, that he had borrowed so large an amount from the bank, as to circumscribe its bounty greatly to the prejudice of sundry of the directors who were, in consequence, beginning to complain of his management of the institution, and were even threatening to run an opposition against him in the election which was but a few months off. – Quodlibet by John P. Kennedy
  3. Forces are at work which circumscribe national autonomy and compel each nation to act with reference to the will of others. – American World Policies by Walter E. Weyl