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

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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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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15 May 2022

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“Restriction.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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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



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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