re·​stric·​tion | \ ri-ˈstrik-shən How to pronounce restriction (audio) \

Definition of restriction

1 : something that restricts: such as
a : a regulation that restricts or restrains restrictions for hunters
b : a limitation on the use or enjoyment of property or a facility
2 : an act of restricting : the condition of being restricted

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Examples of restriction in a Sentence

Building in that area came with some restrictions. They placed restrictions on smoking indoors. They will lift export restrictions. illegal restriction of free speech
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Recent Examples on the Web Now, as tensions and restrictions continue to ramp up, some observers wonder if the days of those outposts may be numbered. Will Knight, Wired, "Export Controls Threaten the Future of AI Outposts in China," 10 Jan. 2020 Facebook has discussed potential changes to ad targeting internally in recent months following restrictions from rivals Google and Twitter Inc. Kurt Wagner / Bloomberg, Time, "Facebook Still Won’t Fact-Check Political Ads Headed Into Election Season," 9 Jan. 2020 However, no restriction is currently placed on movement of deer reproductive tissues or fluids. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: In a first, researchers find CWD prions in deer semen," 8 Jan. 2020 Last year, platforms like Twitter and Google announced restrictions to their political advertising tools ahead of the 2020 election. Kevin Roose, New York Times, "Don’t Tilt Scales Against Trump, Facebook Executive Warns," 7 Jan. 2020 But now, instead of buckling to American pressure, Iran declared on Sunday that those restrictions are over — a decade ahead of schedule. David E. Sanger,, "Iran challenges Trump, announcing end of nuclear restrictions," 5 Jan. 2020 Those restrictions were put into place after Bowen tried to contact one of his victims. Carol Robinson |, al, "Disgraced Alabama evangelist tried to contact young sex abuse victims from jail, prosecutors say," 2 Jan. 2020 Water preservation restrictions have been on the books since the 1990s dictating how much water is used by toilets, but there’s no evidence that low-flow toilets are creating 10-plus flush situations for anyone. NBC News, "President Donald Trump's 10 biggest false claims in 2019 — and one that finally became true," 31 Dec. 2019 The law offices of Arechigo and Stokka will reimburse up to $30 fare for 50 people who opt to take an Uber, Lyft or taxi, but some restrictions apply. Deanna Weniger, Twin Cities, "Options abound for NYE revelers getting home; consequences for those who choose to drink and drive," 31 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of restriction

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for restriction

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

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The first known use of restriction was in the 15th century

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13 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Restriction.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of restriction

: a law or rule that limits or controls something
: the act of limiting or controlling something


re·​stric·​tion | \ ri-ˈstrik-shən How to pronounce restriction (audio) \

Kids Definition of restriction

1 : something (as a law or rule) that limits There are restrictions on building.
2 : an act of limiting : the condition of being limited


noun, often attributive
re·​stric·​tion | \ ri-ˈstrik-shən How to pronounce restriction (audio) \

Medical Definition of restriction

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

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Legal Definition of restriction

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

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