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A credit limit, also known as a credit line, is the maximum amount of money you can borrow under a revolving credit agreement.
For instance, if you have a credit card with a credit limit of $3,000, and you charge $1,000, you can spend $2,000 more before you reach your credit limit. And if you repay the $1,000 before the end of the month without making additional purchases, your credit limit is back up to $3,000 again.
Most credit issuers charge additional fees or penalties if you exceed your credit limit.
The maximum loan amount a person may receive on a particular instrument or from a particular lender. A revolving line of credit might have a credit limit of $50,000.Banks have limits on the amount of credit they can extend to single borrowers, based on the size of the bank, and limits on the credit they can extend to officers and directors.