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a. Of or relating to restriction.
b. Tending or serving to restrict; limiting.
2. Grammar Of, relating to, or being a subordinate clause or phrase that identifies the noun, phrase, or clause it modifies and limits or restricts its meaning, as the clause who live in glass houses in People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.

re·stric′tive·ly adv.
re·stric′tive·ness n.


1. restricting or tending to restrict
2. (Grammar) grammar denoting a relative clause or phrase that restricts the number of possible referents of its antecedent. The relative clause in Americans who live in New York is restrictive; the relative clause in Americans, who are generally extrovert, is nonrestrictive
reˈstrictively adv
reˈstrictiveness n


(rɪˈstrɪk tɪv)

1. tending or serving to restrict.
2. of the nature of a restriction.
3. of or pertaining to a word, phrase, or clause that identifies or limits the meaning of a modified element, as the relative clause that just ended in The year that just ended was bad for crops: in English a restrictive clause is usu. not set off by commas. Compare nonrestrictive (def. 2).
[1375–1425; late Middle English < Middle French restrictif < Latin restrict(us) (see restrict) + Middle French -if -ive]
re•stric′tive•ly, adv.
re•stric′tive•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.restrictive - serving to restrict; "teenagers eager to escape restrictive home environments"
unrestrictive - not tending to restrict
2.restrictive - (of tariff) protective of national interests by restricting imports
protective - intended or adapted to afford protection of some kind; "a protective covering"; "the use of protective masks and equipment"; "protective coatings"; "kept the drunken sailor in protective custody"; "animals with protective coloring"; "protective tariffs"
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[rɪsˈtrɪktɪv] ADJrestringido, limitado
restrictive practices (Brit) → prácticas fpl restrictivas


[rɪˈstrɪktɪv] adj
[measures, laws, policies] → restrictif/ive
[clothing] → trop ajusté(e)restrictive practices npl (British)
(by employees)pratiques mpl corporatistes
(by companies)entrave f à la concurrencerest room n (US)toilettes fpl


(= limiting)restriktiv, einschränkend attr; environmentbeengend, restriktiv
(= hindering) clothingbeengend, eng


[rɪˈstrɪktɪv] adjrestrittivo/a


(rəˈstrikt) verb
1. to keep within certain limits. I try to restrict myself / my smoking to five cigarettes a day; Use of the car-park is restricted to senior staff.
2. to make less than usual, desirable etc. He feels this new law will restrict his freedom.
reˈstricted adjective
1. limited; narrow, small. a restricted space.
2. to which entry has been restricted to certain people. The battlefield was a restricted zone.
3. in which certain restrictions (eg a speed limit) apply. a restricted area.
reˈstriction (-ʃən) noun
1. a rule etc that limits or controls. Even in a free democracy a person's behaviour must be subject to certain restrictions.
2. the act of restricting. restriction of freedom.
reˈstrictive (-tiv) adjective
restricting or intended to restrict.
References in classic literature ?
It may seem marvellous that, with the world before her -- kept by no restrictive clause of her condemnation within the limits of the Puritan settlement, so remote and so obscure -- free to return to her birth-place, or to any other European land, and there hide her character and identity under a new exterior, as completely as if emerging into another state of being -- and having also the passes of the dark, inscrutable forest open to her, where the wildness of her nature might assimilate itself with a people whose customs and life were alien from the law that had condemned her -- it may seem marvellous that this woman should still call that place her home, where, and where only, she must needs be the type of shame.
And sometimes, Jane, I think that in your solicitude for his future you go a bit too far in your restrictive measures.
It's on record, your position on interstate commerce regulation, on regulation of the railway trust and Standard Oil, on the conservation of the forests, on a thousand and one restrictive measures that are nothing else than socialistic.
She then peeped round to where I sat; so stern a neighbour was too restrictive to him, in his present fractious mood, she dared whisper no observations, nor ask of him any information.
There's an effort for reform of solitary confinement ( also known as restrictive housing or administrative segregation) in Maryland jails and prisons in the General Assembly.
On 22 February 2018, the Council decided to prolong the restrictive measures against Belarus for one year, until 28 February 2019.
may leave the confines of Camp Crame as the Philippine National Police's Internal Affairs Service temporarily lifted the restrictive custody order against him and 17 others.
Dr Mohammad Yousef Al Hashel intervened in a public address by Kuwait Commercial Bank chair Ali Mousa Mohammed Al Mousa, who said that banking regulations are too restrictive.
In 2011, VADOC identified a critical need to reduce the number of offenders in restrictive housing, also known as administrative segregation, and to address the 70-plus offenders released per year directly from restrictive housing to the community.
The government's call for views on the use of restrictive covenants highlights the difficulty in balancing the interests of companies protecting their businesses, encouraging competitive firms to grow and allowing freedom of choice to customers.
The call for evidence, due to be launched shortly, will look for views on whether this type of restrictive practice is acting as a barrier to innovation and employment and preventing start-ups from prospering.
The myths are developed countries are being swamped by migrants, migration only takes place from developing to developed countries and serves as an escape from poverty, migration is economically negative, restrictive migration policies are effective, restrictive policies towards migrants are inevitable, restrictive immigration policies promote integration, migrant workers cannot get equal rights, migrants are a threat to society, and migration always harms the prospects of developing countries by causing a brain drain.