off limits

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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [awf-lim-its, of-]
    • /ɔf, ɒf ˈlɪm.ɪt/
    • /ɒf ˈlɪm.ɪt/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [awf-lim-its, of-]
    • /ɔf, ɒf ˈlɪm.ɪt/

Definitions of off limits words

  • adjective off limits forbidden to be patronized, frequented, used, etc., by certain persons: The tavern is off-limits to soldiers. 1
  • adjective off limits not permitted 1
  • phrase off limits If an area or a place is off limits, you are not allowed to go there. 0
  • phrase off limits If you say that something is off limits, you mean that you are not allowed to do it. 0
  • adjective off limits If a place is off limits to someone, they are not allowed to go there. 0
  • adjective off limits If you say that an activity or a substance is off limits for someone, you mean that they are not allowed to do it or have it. 0

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Origin of off limits

First appearance:

before 1950
One of the 5% newest English words
An Americanism dating back to 1950-55

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Parts of speech for Off limits


off limits popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 31% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 64% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

off limits usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for off limits

adj off limits

  • beyond the pale — If you think that someone's actions or behaviour are not acceptable, you can say that they are beyond the pale.
  • forbidden — a past participle of forbid.
  • impermissible — not permissible or allowable; unallowable.

noun off limits

  • don't — contraction of do not.
  • dont — contraction of do not.
  • forbiddance — the act of forbidding.
  • in-junction — Law. a judicial process or order requiring the person or persons to whom it is directed to do a particular act or to refrain from doing a particular act.
  • interdiction — an act or instance of interdicting.

adjective off limits

  • anathema — If something is anathema to you, you strongly dislike it.
  • disapproved — Simple past tense and past participle of disapprove.
  • wildcat — any of several North American felines of the genus Lynx. Compare lynx.

adverb off limits

  • banned — to prohibit, forbid, or bar; interdict: to ban nuclear weapons; The dictator banned all newspapers and books that criticized his regime.
  • barred — having bars or stripes
  • illegal — forbidden by law or statute.
  • illicit — not legally permitted or authorized; unlicensed; unlawful.
  • outlawed — a lawless person or habitual criminal, especially one who is a fugitive from the law.

Antonyms for off limits

adjective off limits

  • mentionable — to refer briefly to; name, specify, or speak of: Don't forget to mention her contribution to the project.

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