restrictive

[ ri-strik-tiv ]
/ rɪˈstrɪk tɪv /

adjective

tending or serving to restrict.
of the nature of a restriction.
expressing or implying restriction or limitation of application, as terms, expressions, etc.
Grammar. limiting the meaning of a modified element: a restrictive adjective.Compare descriptive(def 2b).

Origin of restrictive

1375–1425; late Middle English < Middle French restrictif < Latin restrict(us) (see restrict) + Middle French -if -ive

Related forms

re·stric·tive·ly, adverbre·stric·tive·ness, nounun·re·stric·tive, adjectiveun·re·stric·tive·ly, adverb
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restrictive

/ (rɪˈstrɪktɪv) /

adjective

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

Derived Forms

restrictively, adverbrestrictiveness, noun
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