- confined; limited.
- (of information, a document, etc.)
- bearing the classification restricted, usually the lowest level of classified information.
- limited to persons authorized to use information, documents, etc., so classified.Compare classification(def 5).
- limited to or admitting only members of a particular group or class: a restricted neighborhood; a restricted hotel.
Origin of restricted
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- limited or confined
- not accessible to the general public or (esp US) out of bounds to military personnel
- British denoting or in a zone in which a speed limit or waiting restrictions for vehicles apply
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"limited," 1830, past participle adjective from restrict; of documents, etc., "secret, not for public release" it is recorded from 1944. In U.S., restricted was a euphemism for "off-limits to Jews" (1947).
Manager: "I'm sorry, Mr. Marx, but we can't let you use the pool; this country club is restricted."
Groucho: "Well, my daughter's only half-Jewish; could she go in up to her knees?" [there are many versions and variations of this story, dating back to 1970s]
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