# Definition:Limit of Real Function/Left

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## Definition

Let $\openint a b$ be an open real interval.

Let $f: \openint a b \to \R$ be a real function.

Let $L \in \R$.

Suppose that:

- $\forall \epsilon \in \R_{>0}: \exists \delta \in \R_{>0}: \forall x \in \R: b - \delta < x < b \implies \size {\map f x - L} < \epsilon$

where $\R_{>0}$ denotes the set of strictly positive real numbers.

That is, for every real strictly positive $\epsilon$ there exists a real strictly positive $\delta$ such that *every* real number in the domain of $f$, less than $b$ but within $\delta$ of $b$, has an image within $\epsilon$ of $L$.

Then $\map f x$ is said to **tend to the limit $L$ as $x$ tends to $b$ from the left**, and we write:

- $\map f x \to L$ as $x \to b^-$

or

- $\displaystyle \lim_{x \mathop \to b^-} \map f x = L$

This is voiced:

**the limit of $\map f x$ as $x$ tends to $b$ from the left**

and such an $L$ is called:

**a limit from the left**.

## Also known as

A **limit from the left** is also seen referred to as a **left-hand-limit**.

Some sources prefer to use a more direct terminology and refer to a **limit from below**. However, this may be confusing if the function $\map f x$ is decreasing.

Sometimes the notation $\displaystyle \map f {b^-} = \lim_{x \mathop \to b^-} \map f x$ is seen.

The notation $\map f {b - 0}$ can also on occasion be seen.

## Also see

## Sources

- 1975: W.A. Sutherland:
*Introduction to Metric and Topological Spaces*... (previous) ... (next): $\S 1.3$: Limits of functions: Definition $1.3.3$ - 1977: K.G. Binmore:
*Mathematical Analysis: A Straightforward Approach*... (previous) ... (next): $\S 8.1$ - 2014: Christopher Clapham and James Nicholson:
*The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Mathematics*(5th ed.) ... (previous) ... (next): Entry:**left-hand limit**