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1. Not restrictive: nonrestrictive zoning.
2. Grammar Of, relating to, or being a subordinate clause or phrase that describes but does not identify or restrict the meaning of the noun, phrase, or clause it modifies, as the clause who live in a small condo in the sentence The Smiths, who live in a small condo, have 11 cats.
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1. not restrictive or limiting
2. (Grammar) grammar denoting a relative clause that is not restrictive. Compare restrictive2
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non•re•stric•tive(ˌnɒn rɪˈstrɪk tɪv)
1. not restrictive.
2. pertaining to a word, phrase, or clause that describes or supplements a modified element but is not essential in establishing its identity, as the relative clause which has been dry in the sentence This year, which has been dry, was bad for crops. In English a nonrestrictive clause is usu. set off by commas. Compare restrictive (def. 3).
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|Adj.||1.||nonrestrictive - not limiting the reference of a modified word or phrase; "the nonrestrictive clause in `I always buy his books, which have influenced me greatly,' refers to his books generally and adds an additional fact about them"|
grammar - the branch of linguistics that deals with syntax and morphology (and sometimes also deals with semantics)
unrestrictive - not tending to restrict
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