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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State governments have responded in different ways to the restrictions, with some attempting to use other drugs. Abdullah Shihipar, Teen Vogue, "Lethal Injection Drugs and the Death Penalty, Explained," 30 Oct. 2018 Before fasting, there was caloric restriction, or CR. Mark Barna, Discover Magazine, "Not So Fast," 24 Sep. 2018 When the program’s first class applied to college, Powell Jobs learned that those who lacked legal immigration status faced severe restrictions, such as an inability to access state or federal education funding. Alexandra Robbins, Marie Claire, "The Welcome Committee," 15 Aug. 2018 MoviePass, the struggling theater subscription service, is rolling out a new plan on Wednesday, August 15th, that will limit users to three movies per month, in addition to existing restrictions on popular first-run films. Nick Statt, The Verge, "MoviePass is opting some users into its new plan even after they cancel," 14 Aug. 2018 And not all will join the recreational market at first — or ever, in some cases — thanks to municipal restrictions and the intensive process of winning a license. Dan Adams, BostonGlobe.com, "The hidden, high-tech world of communications at Fenway Park," 10 July 2018 But some lawmakers are determined to avoid the economic restrictions that an ESA listing would bring. Story Hinckley, The Christian Science Monitor, "Group effort rules the roost in Wyoming, then Washington intervenes," 10 July 2018 In Elgin, Cerf said waiting until Jan. 1 would miss an opportunity to have the restrictions in place at the start of the upcoming school year. Mike Danahey, Elgin Courier-News, "Elgin City Council to consider raising minimum age to buy tobacco from 18 to 21," 9 July 2018 China will impose countervailing tariffs the same day, less than a week after Canada does the same in reaction to U.S. restrictions on steel and aluminum. Matthew Campbell, chicagotribune.com, "In waging trade war, Trump must figure out who the enemy even is," 2 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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