re·​strict·​ed | \ri-ˈstrik-təd \

Definition of restricted 

: subject or subjected to restriction: such as

a : not general : limited the decision had a restricted effect

b : available to the use of particular groups or specifically excluding others a restricted country club

c : not intended for general circulation or release a restricted document

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Other Words from restricted

restrictedly adverb

Examples of restricted in a Sentence

He is on a severely restricted diet. You have entered a restricted area.

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The person said the letter described a scene in which a uniformed border agent observed a group of between 10 and 12 people walking in a restricted area in the United States near the Tornillo detention facility. New York Times, "Federal Officials Claim de Blasio Crossed Border Illegally," 11 July 2018 Four shipping containers holding the wreckage were buried in a private ceremony on June 21 in a restricted area accessible only to loved ones of the victims, the Flight 93 National Memorial said in a statement Monday. Fox News, "Remaining wreckage of Flight 93 is buried at memorial," 10 July 2018 By law, it can only be produced in a restricted area that includes the cities of Parma and Reggio Emilia, which lend their names to the cheese. Eric Sylvers, WSJ, "Someone Is Stealing Italy’s Most Precious Cheese," 22 June 2018 The new trailer finds even more humor in things like autofill, but the highlight is when Vanellope stumbles in the lair of the Disney princesses at the Oh My Disney corner of the Internet, which is a restricted area. Richard Tribou,, "Disney princesses get defensive in new 'Wreck-It Ralph 2' trailer," 5 June 2018 Center Jonas Valanciunas shot 1-of-7 from the restricted area in the fourth quarter. Terry Pluto,, "Cleveland Cavaliers Pregame Scribbles: Head games in playoffs -- Terry Pluto," 3 May 2018 At the time, land managers drew wide circles of restricted use around a cliff. Ula Chrobak, Outside Online, "We're Overprotecting Birds at the Expense of Climbers," 12 July 2018 The first is a 1-cent sales tax that would raise $5.6 million a year in restricted funds, exclusively for burying utility lines and reducing fire risks along key evacuation roads. Bradley Zint,, "Laguna council pushes initiative to place utility lines underground to July 17 so mayor can vote," 10 July 2018 As they are relegated to more and more restricted environments, their vulnerability only increases. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "How Humans Created the Ultimate Superpests," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of restricted

circa 1550, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of restricted was circa 1550

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English Language Learners Definition of restricted

: having a set limit

: having definite rules about what or who is allowed and not allowed

: allowing use or entry by only certain people



Legal Definition of restricted 

: subject or subjected to restriction a restricted area restricted use

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obstinately defiant of authority

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