1. Confined or restricted within certain limits: has only limited experience.
a. Not attaining the highest goals or achievement: a limited success.
b. Having only mediocre talent or range of ability: a popular but limited actor.
3. Having governmental or ruling powers restricted by enforceable limitations, as a constitution or a legislative body: limited monarchy.
4. Abbr. Ltd. Of or relating to a limited company.
5. Of, relating to, or being transportation facilities, such as trains or buses, that make few stops and carry relatively few passengers.
A limited train or bus.
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