re·​strict·​ed | \ ri-ˈstrik-təd How to pronounce restricted (audio) \

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 Commerce and State departments should add Chinese state security agencies to a restricted end-user list to ensure that American companies don’t aid Chinese human-rights abuses. Marco Rubio, WSJ, "China’s Campaign Against Muslim Minorities," 9 Aug. 2018 Rasmus left the club and was placed on the restricted list, a move reserved for players who leave their team without a valid reason or who intend to retire but are still playing age. Matt Wyatt, Houston Chronicle, "Report: Colby Rasmus leaves Orioles, to discontinue baseball career," 3 July 2018 New addition The Padres claimed right-handed reliever Rowan Wick off waivers from the Cardinals on Friday, again filling the 40-man roster spot vacated earlier this week when Jose Torres was placed on the restricted list. Jeff Sanders,, "A.J. Ellis on board with where Padres headed; Monterrey ticket info," 16 Feb. 2018 The officer involved in the Cincinnati incident violated several department policies The police department launched an investigation into the matter, and the officer involved in the incident was placed on restricted duty. P.r. Lockhart, Vox, "An 11-year-old girl was suspected of shoplifting groceries. So a police officer tased her.," 6 Sep. 2018 That’s the cost of doing business in restricted free agency. K.c. Johnson,, "Rising salary cap makes Zach LaVine deal more palatable for Bulls than it appears," 7 July 2018 The Magic drafted Gordon fourth overall in 2014, and the team could not afford to lose him in restricted free agency. Josh Robbins,, "Orlando Magic re-sign Aaron Gordon," 6 July 2018 Finally, center Clint Capela has yet to reach a tidy agreement in restricted free agency. Ben Golliver,, "2018 NBA Free Agency: The Early Winners And Losers," 5 July 2018 The same would seemingly apply to 24-year-old center Alex Len, but rival executives remain curious as to whether the Suns might be willing to part ways with him rather than pay him in restricted free agency. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, "NBA trade deadline 2018: Team-by-team breakdown of who's available," 6 Feb. 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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a strong desire or propensity

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