restriction

noun
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 Probably the most obvious, though frequently neglected, mitigation strategy is exfiltration detection and restriction. Stuart Madnick, WSJ, "More ‘Side Door’ Hacks Are Coming. Here Is How Businesses Can Prepare," 23 Feb. 2021 Herold said Garden Remedies has been working with the city’s Planning and Development Department, and will formally ask that the appointment-only restriction be lifted this year. John Hilliard, BostonGlobe.com, "Newton marijuana store seeks end to appointment-only rule, as nearby competition grows," 17 Feb. 2021 Food, restriction and fitness became some of the major coping mechanisms for people who were struggling with the incredible loss of control brought on by the pandemic. Annie Vainshtein, SFChronicle.com, "Pandemic fueling a sharp rise in eating disorders, Bay Area experts say," 19 Jan. 2021 The church sued the governor and was granted an injunction against his orders, setting a precedent for many other restriction-resistant congregations to do the same. Nicholas Rowan, Washington Examiner, "'Dystopian': Republican senators slam Kentucky governor's coronavirus restrictions on religious schools," 4 Dec. 2020 But while government scientific advisers have signed off on the restriction-relaxing plan, others have warned that the policy will probably lead to a rise in coronavirus infections around the country. Amina Khan Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Coronavirus Today: ‘Band-Aids on a very big wound’," 24 Nov. 2020 With less than a week until Election Day, the president's gamble and increased efforts to downplay the COVID-19 pandemic could backfire or -- in restriction-heavy states like Nevada -- win big. Julia Musto, Fox News, "President Trump pitches Nevada voters from Arizona after rally-related fines," 28 Oct. 2020 On Thursday, the cabinet is to meet to consider relaxing other restriction that have idled many businesses, schools and offices and kept most people close to home. Alisa Odenheimer, Bloomberg.com, "Israel to Ease Restrictions on Outbound Air Travel From Friday," 14 Oct. 2020 Meanwhile, the tribe's land remained closed to the public and residents through phase one were required to abide by the tribe's nightly curfew, mask requirement and restriction on large gatherings. Chelsea Curtis, The Arizona Republic, "With COVID-19 cases declining, White Mountain Apache Tribe begins reopening," 15 Aug. 2020

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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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“Restriction.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/restriction. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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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 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

restriction

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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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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