non·​re·​stric·​tive ˌnän-ri-ˈstrik-tiv How to pronounce nonrestrictive (audio)
: 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 The flexible material is also nonrestrictive, offering a custom fit that moves with your feet for even more comfort. Clara McMahon, Peoplemag, 3 Apr. 2024 Exempted individuals are expected to wear a nonrestrictive alternative such as a face shield with a drape on the bottom edge. Los Angeles Times, 25 Aug. 2021 Even before sweeping work-from-home policies shifted apparel preferences toward the nonrestrictive, soft bralettes had earned the affection of consumers seeking comfort. Chavie Lieber, WSJ, 20 Sep. 2022 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, 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, 18 July 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1885, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nonrestrictive was in 1885

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“Nonrestrictive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2024.

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non·​re·​stric·​tive ˌnän-ri-ˈstrik-tiv How to pronounce nonrestrictive (audio)
: not serving or tending to restrict
: not limiting the reference of the word or phrase modified
a nonrestrictive clause
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