Origin of restrictive
Examples from the Web for restrictively
A Daily Mail writer, wearing a facsimile of the dress, said it was sculpted to her body, but not restrictively so.Happy 20th Birthday, Liz Hurley’s Safety-Pin Dress
December 12, 2014
- restricting or tending to restrict
- 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
Word Origin and History for restrictively
early 15c., "serving to bind or draw together," from Middle French restrictif, from Late Latin restrictivus, from Latin restrict-, past participle stem of restringere (see restriction). Meaning "imposing restriction" is from 1570s. Related: Restrictively; restrictiveness.