confined; limited.
(of information, a document, etc.)
  1. bearing the classification restricted, usually the lowest level of classified information.
  2. 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

First recorded in 1820–30; restrict + -ed2
Related formsre·strict·ed·ly, adverbre·strict·ed·ness, nounnon·re·strict·ed, adjectivenon·re·strict·ed·ly, adverbself-re·strict·ed, adjectiveun·re·strict·ed, adjectiveun·re·strict·ed·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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not restricted or limited in any wayunrestricted access



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
Derived Formsrestrictedly, adverbrestrictedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unrestricted

1766, from un- (1) "not" + restricted.



"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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