non·​re·​stric·​tive | \ ˌnän-ri-ˈstrik-tiv How to pronounce nonrestrictive (audio) \

Definition of nonrestrictive

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

Examples of nonrestrictive in a Sentence

It's a nonrestrictive diet that stresses eating smaller portions rather than not eating certain foods. In the sentence “My brother, who works at a restaurant, just got his first car,” “who works at a restaurant” is a nonrestrictive clause.
Recent Examples on the Web Moreover, gun safety advocates around the country are taking to the polls as single-issue voters, said Crifasi, countering the decades of voters on the flip side that have historically voted solely in favor of nonrestrictive gun laws. Renae Reints, Fortune, "Hundreds of Gun Control Bills Have Been Introduced Since Sandy Hook. Why Has Nothing Changed?," 13 Aug. 2019 In the new study, researchers wanted to make a light, nonrestrictive glove with an open palm that felt natural to wear, while providing realistic feedback when the user touched a virtual object. Eva Frederick, Science | AAAS, "Watch a lightweight glove allow users to ‘feel’ objects in virtual reality," 18 July 2019

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First Known Use of nonrestrictive

1885, in the meaning defined above

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“Nonrestrictive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of nonrestrictive

: 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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