I have to explain a range of measures affecting a specific value, so I think writing this sentence:

response time is limited to units of second in order of magnitude

Is it correct?

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    Just to make sure: you mean that, roughly speaking, the response time won't be more than 10 seconds or less than 0.1 seconds? Mar 20, 2017 at 2:33
  • Some extra context would be helpful. Mar 20, 2017 at 6:15
  • Response time is related to an interactive application, so it's a way to inform about which range of values you may detect in that system. Nathan's interval agree with my aim.
    – johnny_kb
    Mar 20, 2017 at 10:12

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It sounds a bit weird for me to use order of magnitude in this context. I'd more likely write

response time is a matter of seconds

In my opinion, order of magnitude should rather be used in comparision, such as The power output of our new device exceeds yours by several orders of magnitude.

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