restriction

noun
re·stric·tion | \ri-ˈstrik-shən \

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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Those actions, combined with tighter restrictions by the Chinese government on money flowing outward, are stemming Chinese investment in the United States. New York Times, "Trump’s Trade War With China Pierces the Heart of Michigan," 12 July 2018 If the new rules go into effect, Elgin would join 26 towns across Illinois with similar age restrictions, said Carolyn Cerf, government relations director for the the American Heart Association. Mike Danahey, Elgin Courier-News, "Elgin City Council to consider raising minimum age to buy tobacco from 18 to 21," 9 July 2018 Overlaying those districts would be a mix of four zones with varying height restrictions. Zahra Ahmad, azcentral, "Downtown plan could double height in certain areas of Old Town, Scottsdale," 29 June 2018 However, because many large global companies already comply with similar restrictions under a major new European digital privacy law that took effect in May, the new California law will have limited impact, according to some experts. Catherine Ho, SFChronicle.com, "New data privacy law givens Californians new way to sue over breaches," 29 June 2018 In November 2017, he was jailed again for two to four years for violating probation through failing a drug test and not complying with his travel restrictions. Jack Wisniewski, Fox News, "Meek Mill's request to overturn 2008 conviction denied," 28 June 2018 Federal lands under the Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service are open to camping with minimal restrictions. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "3 Alternative Ways To Go Camping," 28 June 2018 In official statements, China has remained defiant since Trump’s decision earlier this month to levy tariffs on $50 billion of Chinese imports and push ahead with additional restrictions on foreign investment. Bloomberg.com, "China Begins to Question Whether It’s Ready for a Trade War," 26 June 2018 There's also a labeling issue: Health Canada has dictated large warning labels on otherwise plain packages, with strict restrictions on font sizes, styles and colors. NBC News, "Legal marijuana will roll out differently in Canada than in U.S.," 21 June 2018

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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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restriction

noun

English Language Learners Definition of restriction

: a law or rule that limits or controls something

: the act of limiting or controlling something

restriction

noun
re·stric·tion | \ri-ˈstrik-shən \

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

restriction

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

Medical Definition of restriction 

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

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restriction

noun
re·stric·tion

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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