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.
Recent Examples on the Web Lyft and Uber have both since restricted app-use in low-demand areas of New York, prompting protests, and announced the city would see price-increases for rides. Gabrielle Canon, USA TODAY, "Uber, Lyft say proposed California ballot measure is a good deal for drivers. Economists disagree," 12 Nov. 2019 In 1968, the Motion Picture Association of America unveiled its new voluntary film rating system: G for general, M for mature (later changed to GP, then PG), R for restricted, and X (later changed to NC-17) for adults only., "In 1604, William Shakespeare’s tragedy ‘‘Othello’’ was first presented at Whitehall Palace in London.," 1 Nov. 2019 Mason Mount, Fikoyo Tomori and Tammy Abraham have all emerged as first teamers this season, largely as a result of Chelsea's restricted transfer operations., "Chelsea Breached 150 Rules About Youth Player Registration Before Receiving Transfer Ban," 31 Oct. 2019 According to the Associated Press, the plan is for the house to serve as an archive of King’s work, with restricted visits offered by appointment. Lauren Huff,, "Stephen King's spooky mansion to become museum and writers' retreat," 18 Oct. 2019 Wickham was admitted to the Junction City campus of Oregon State Hospital on Sept. 7, 2016 after being found guilty except for insanity on the charges of assault, unlawful possession of a weapon, and felon in possession of a restricted weapon. Samantha Swindler | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Oregon State Hospital patient missing after walking away from treatment group," 14 Oct. 2019 The Nuggets have until Oct. 21 to sign Beasley to an early extension and keep him off the restricted free agent market next summer. Kyle Fredrickson, The Denver Post, "Nuggets’ Malik Beasley aims for improved defense to pair with lights-out shooting," 14 Oct. 2019 In a country still marred by government censorship and heavily restricted Internet access, making and accessing other kinds of music can be an inherently political act. Andrea Domanick, Billboard, "Can Electronic Music Be Made With Metal Cans and Car Parts? Kokoko! Says Yes: Interview," 10 Oct. 2019 Much of the action plays out in simple two-shots captured in restricted locations, reflecting what was likely a tiny budget. Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Made in Bangladesh': Film Review | TIFF 2019," 6 Sep. 2019

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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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16 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Restricted.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 November 2019.

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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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not agreeing with established beliefs

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