1. a technique utilized to analyze adult age variances in mentality wherein research participants are required to perform a job the best they can and are then tested after significant practice on the job. 2. with regard to psychological testing, permitting an involved party to continue past time restrictions to see if they can finish an object or do better under different conditions. 3. with regard to general psychology, attempts by a person to see how far they can test rules prior to the rules being enforced.

TESTING THE LIMITS: "Children are often known to be testing the limits of their parents' patience."
Cite this page: Nugent, Pam M.S., "TESTING THE LIMITS," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 29, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/testing-the-limits/ (accessed May 21, 2018).