[ ri-strik-shuhn ]
/ rɪˈstrɪk ʃən /


something that restricts; a restrictive condition or regulation; limitation.
the act of restricting.
the state of being restricted.

Nearby words

  1. restricted,
  2. restricted class,
  3. restricted code,
  4. restricted stock,
  5. restricted users group,
  6. restriction enzyme,
  7. restriction enzymes,
  8. restriction fragment,
  9. restriction fragment length polymorphism,
  10. restriction play

Origin of restriction

1375–1425; late Middle English < Late Latin restrictiōn- (stem of restrictiō), equivalent to Latin restrict(us) (see restrict) + -iōn- -ion

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British Dictionary definitions for restriction


/ (rɪˈstrɪkʃən) /


something that restricts; a restrictive measure, law, etc
the act of restricting or the state of being restricted
logic maths a condition that imposes a constraint on the possible values of a variable or on the domain of arguments of a function
Derived Formsrestrictionist, noun, adjective

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Word Origin and History for restriction



early 15c., "that which restricts," from Middle French restriction (14c.) and directly from Late Latin restrictionem (nominative restrictio) "limitation," noun of action from past participle stem of Latin restringere "restrict, bind fast, restrain," from re- "back" (see re-) + stringere "draw tight" (see strain (v.)). Meaning "act of restricting" is from 1620s.

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