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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Many public-sector banks have lending restrictions imposed on them by the RBI to try to help arrest the growth of their bad loans. Corinne Abrams, WSJ, "India Central Bank’s New Chief Vows to Uphold Institution’s Autonomy," 12 Dec. 2018 All three have had restrictions put in place on things like booking travel and hotels. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "Faraday Future CEO’s long trail of debt is finally catching up to him," 8 Dec. 2018 China has fewer restrictions on the use of lab animals. Christina Larson, The Seattle Times, "Gene-editing Chinese scientist kept much of his work secret," 28 Nov. 2018 Most states have at least some voting restrictions for people convicted of felonies. German Lopez, Vox, "Florida votes to restore ex-felon voting rights with Amendment 4," 7 Nov. 2018 Helicopters, balloons, and drones have other restrictions but not overall bans. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Doesn’t Want a No-Fly Zone Over the Korean DMZ. Here’s Why.," 18 Oct. 2018 Some communities require signed agreements from neighbors, permits, or an appearance before the zoning board, while others have ordinances that restrict the size and placement of outbuildings, and some areas have no restrictions at all. Denise Foley, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About Raising Backyard Chickens," 14 Aug. 2018 Since 2010, all new campus buildings have been designed with lactation rooms, and the Iowa campus now has more than 60 such rooms, although according to public listings, many of those are open limited hours or have other access restrictions. Jenna Sauers, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why Women Really Quit Breastfeeding," 17 July 2018 Other banks — some of them online-only — have fewer restrictions on savings accounts. Katheleen Conti, BostonGlobe.com, "Banks are offering higher interest rates for savings accounts. But you still need to be smart," 11 July 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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