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restrictive

adjective re·stric·tive \ri-ˈstrik-tiv\

: limiting or controlling someone or something

grammar of a word or group of words : giving information about a person or thing that is needed to understand which person or thing is meant

Full Definition of RESTRICTIVE

1
a :  of or relating to restriction
b :  serving or tending to restrict <restrictive regulations>
2
:  limiting the reference of a modified word or phrase
3
:  prohibiting further negotiation
restrictive noun
re·stric·tive·ly adverb
re·stric·tive·ness noun
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Examples of RESTRICTIVE

  1. In the sentence The book that you ordered is out of print, that you ordered is a restrictive clause.

First Known Use of RESTRICTIVE

1579
RESTRICTIVE Defined for Kids

restrictive

adjective re·stric·tive \ri-ˈstrik-tiv\

Definition of RESTRICTIVE for Kids

:  serving or likely to keep within bounds

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