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tr.v. re·strict·ed, re·strict·ing, re·stricts
1. To keep or confine within physical limits: The inmates are restricted to their cells for 23 hours each day. Food consumption is restricted to the cafeteria.
2. To prevent or prohibit beyond a certain limit or by restriction: The law restricts the use of pesticides. The program restricts unauthorized users from accessing the data. See Synonyms at limit.

[Latin restringere, restrict- : re-, re- + stringere, to draw tight; see streig- in Indo-European roots.]

re·stric′tor, re·strict′er n.
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Adj.1.restricting - restricting the scope or freedom of action
restrictive - serving to restrict; "teenagers eager to escape restrictive home environments"
References in classic literature ?
But I had no intention on that account of attempting to master all the particular sciences commonly denominated mathematics: but observing that, however different their objects, they all agree in considering only the various relations or proportions subsisting among those objects, I thought it best for my purpose to consider these proportions in the most general form possible, without referring them to any objects in particular, except such as would most facilitate the knowledge of them, and without by any means restricting them to these, that afterwards I might thus be the better able to apply them to every other class of objects to which they are legitimately applicable.
At that time in the morning any Christian would have washed his face; but Queequeg, to my amazement, contented himself with restricting his ablutions to his chest, arms, and hands.
The university's decision arose out of "research that indicates that restricting the means to taking one's life--such as restricting access to roofs and balconies--reduces suicide rates," Beckman says.
The plan had been in the works for two decades and was strongly supported by community members who wanted to protect their mountain views by restricting development.
Librarians have taken steps to restrict the viewing of objectionable materials on our computers, as well as restricting potential criminal activities.
Since the 1930s, researchers have collected evidence that restricting the diets of rodents and invertebrates can extend their lives and delay the onset of age-related illnesses.
1361-1(l)(1) requires all outstanding shares of stock to confer identical rights to distribution and liquidation proceeds, buy-sell agreements among shareholders, agreements restricting the transferability of stock and redemption agreements generally are disregarded in determining whether a corporation's outstanding stock confers identical distribution and liquidation rights, unless a principal purpose of the agreement is to circumvent the one-class-of-stock requirement of Sec.