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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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(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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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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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For example, for those looking to lose weight, one small study of 19 subjects showed that a nonrestrictive diet that sourced 30 percent of calories from protein yielded a weight loss of about 11 pounds over 12 weeks.
But "which" is used with nonessential (or nonrestrictive) clauses that can be deleted without altering the meaning of the sentence.
She was diagnosed with complex congenital cyanotic heart disease at birth and her cardiac malformations included transposition of great arteries, large nonrestrictive ventricular septal defect (VSD) and atrial septal defect (ASD), dextrocardia with atrial and abdominal situs solitus, hypoplastic right ventricle, tricuspid atresia, and multiple aortopulmonary collaterals to the right lung.
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Garments were designed mainly with the notion to provide the wearer ease and comfort, which is imperative for the modern lifestyle, thus using light-weight fabrics and nonrestrictive shapes.
A total of 101 high-risk patients (aortic cross-clamp time of 90 min) older than 6 months with dextro-transposition of the great arteries (d-TGA) and nonrestrictive ventricular septal defect, or Taussig-Bing anomaly and severe pulmonary arterial hypertension undergoing arterial switch operation (two ventricles repair) at Fuwai Hospital from March 2001 to July 2012 were included in the study.
* Wear nonrestrictive clothing (sweatpants or shorts, and T-shirts) and shoes that don't stick to the floor but have enough traction to prevent slipping.