circumscribe circumscribe  /ˌsɜr kəm ˈskraɪb/


  1. (v) restrict or confine,
  2. (v) draw a line around
  3. (v) to draw a geometric figure around another figure so that the two are in contact but do not intersect



  1. It would be foolish to circumscribe the efforts of the scientists to investigate the reported UFO landing.
  2. The Minister said that his government does not and will not circumscribe the rights of the citizens.
  3. The Defence Regulations circumscribes the rights of the defence forces to take part in any political activity.


  • The Debate Over Public Debt

    Kenneth Rogoff, reply by Paul Krugman To the Editors : In his review of books by Mark Blyth, Neil Irwin, and David A. Stockman, New York Times columnist Professor Paul Krugman continues his attack on me and Carmen Reinhart. Never mind that only one of the three books even mentions us. This is no obstacle to Krugman’s relentless campaign narrowly to circumscribe and grossly to misrepresent our ...
    on July 25, 2013     Source: New York Review of Books


  1. "I don't want to try and circumscribe presidential war powers," Rice said in response to a question on whether the administration would have to return to Congress to seek authorization to use military force outside Iraq's borders. "I think...
    on Oct 20, 2005 By: Condoleezza Rice Source: Boston Globe (registration)

  2. "They were invited but they chose not to come. We would prefer that they were here," Keating told reporters Friday as the conference wrapped up. "We see no advantage to putting them on the shelf, or trying to circumscribe them. We're anxious...
    on Nov 2, 2007 By: Timothy Keating Source: International Herald Tribune

  3. Senate Judiciary Chairman Arlen Specter, a Pennsylvania Republican, said the Senate "will have to legislate carefully to circumscribe the Guards' duties so we don't get them involved in law enforcement or activities which are inappropriate."
    on May 15, 2006 By: Arlen Specter Source: Boston Globe

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