nonrestrictive

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

Definition of nonrestrictive

: not restrictive; specifically : not limiting the reference of a modified word or phrase

Examples of nonrestrictive in a Sentence

  1. It's a nonrestrictive diet that stresses eating smaller portions rather than not eating certain foods.

  2. In the sentence “My brother, who works at a restaurant, just got his first car,” “who works at a restaurant” is a nonrestrictive clause.

First Known Use of nonrestrictive

1885



NONRESTRICTIVE Defined for English Language Learners

nonrestrictive

Definition of nonrestrictive for English Language Learners

  • : not limiting or controlling something

  • grammar of a word or group of words : describing or giving more information about a person or thing but not needed to understand which person or thing is meant


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