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restrictive clause

noun, Grammar.
a relative clause that identifies the antecedent and that is usually not set off by commas in English. In The year that just ended was bad for crops, the clause that just ended is a restrictive clause.
Origin of restrictive clause
First recorded in 1900-05 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • A restrictive clause is not separated by a comma from the noun.

    The Verbalist Thomas Embly Osmun, (AKA Alfred Ayres)
  • A clause introduced by that is usually a restrictive clause.

    Plain English

    Marian Wharton
  • The non-restrictive clause is shown in , the restrictive clause in .

    Business English

    Rose Buhlig
  • But the restrictive clause in the territorial bills satisfied the radical Southerners as little as it pleased Douglas.

    Stephen A. Douglas Allen Johnson
  • A restrictive clause is one, therefore, that is needed to make the meaning of the sentence clear.

    Business English

    Rose Buhlig
  • To distinguish an appositive clause from a restrictive clause, the former is called a non-restrictive clause.

    Business English

    Rose Buhlig
  • Here he read the restrictive clause in the constitution; and then observed, that he saw no pass over this limit.

  • A restrictive clause, because it restricts the meaning of the word it modifies, may not be omitted.

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    Rose Buhlig

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