restriction

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noun re·stric·tion \ri-ˈstrik-shən\

Definition of restriction

  1. 1 :  something that restricts: such asa :  a regulation that restricts or restrains restrictions for huntersb :  a limitation on the use or enjoyment of property or a facility

  2. 2 :  an act of restricting :  the condition of being restricted

Examples of restriction in a Sentence

  1. Building in that area came with some restrictions.

  2. They placed restrictions on smoking indoors.

  3. They will lift export restrictions.

  4. illegal restriction of free speech

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Origin and Etymology of restriction

Middle English restriccioun, from Anglo-French restriction, from Late Latin restriction-, restrictio, from Latin restringere


First Known Use: 15th century


RESTRICTION Defined for English Language Learners

restriction

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Definition of restriction for English Language Learners

  • : a law or rule that limits or controls something

  • : the act of limiting or controlling something


RESTRICTION Defined for Kids

restriction

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noun re·stric·tion \ri-ˈstrik-shən\

Definition of restriction for Students

  1. 1 :  something (as a law or rule) that limits There are restrictions on building.

  2. 2 :  an act of limiting :  the condition of being limited


Medical Dictionary

restriction

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noun , often attributive re·stric·tion \ri-ˈstrik-shən\

Medical Definition of restriction

  1. :  the breaking of double-stranded DNA into fragments by restriction enzymes restriction sites


Law Dictionary

restriction

noun re·stric·tion

Legal Definition of restriction

  1. 1 :  something that restricts: as a :  a regulation that restricts or restrains b :  a limitation on the use or enjoyment of property or a facility

  2. 2a :  an act of restricting b :  the state of being restricted



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