Circumscribe vs Circumscriptive - What's the difference?

circumscribe | circumscriptive |

As a verb circumscribe

is to draw a line around; to encircle.

As an adjective circumscriptive is

that circumscribes or outlines.




  • To draw a line around; to encircle.
  • To limit narrowly; to restrict.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-07, author=David Simpson
  • , volume=188, issue=26, page=36, magazine=(The Guardian Weekly) , title= Fantasy of navigation , passage=It is tempting to speculate about the incentives or compulsions that might explain why anyone would take to the skies in [the] basket [of a balloon]: […]; perhaps to moralise on the oneness or fragility of the planet, or to see humanity for the small and circumscribed thing that it is; […].}}
  • (geometry) To draw the smallest circle or higher-dimensional sphere that has (a polyhedron, polygon, etc.) in its interior.
  • Derived terms

    * circumscription




    (en adjective)
  • That circumscribes or outlines