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

The restrictions just meant delayed care and increased the number of second-trimester abortions. Glamour, "Abortion Bans Are a Call to Action—Not a Reason to Give Up," 29 Mar. 2019 With the White House restrictions dropped, Obama and stylist Meredith Koop have had fun pulling out unexpected pieces on the tour for Obama’s memoir, Becoming. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Michelle Obama Really Just Wore Balenciaga’s Thigh-High Glitter Boots," 20 Dec. 2018 Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the U.S. is imposing visa restrictions against International Criminal Court officials, citing investigations by the ICC into the activities of Americans and their allies in Afghanistan. Courtney Mcbride, WSJ, "U.S. Swipes at International Criminal Court Over Afghanistan Investigations," 15 Mar. 2019 The nudity—about which an actress of another nationality might barely think twice—was in her case a means of striking back at the people who had tried to impose restrictions on her. Mikael Jansson, Vogue, "14 Countries, 14 Superstars: The Global Actors Who Know No Limits," 14 Mar. 2019 California is still recovering from a drought that led to tight water restrictions and contributed to severe wildfires. Gillian Flaccus, The Seattle Times, "Snow in San Francisco? Mild cities don’t escape winter storm," 6 Feb. 2019 But conservatives have learned to adapt the 14th Amendment to their own purposes, such as restrictions on race-conscious affirmative action and voting-rights policies. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "On the 150th Birthday of the 14th Amendment, Its Future Hangs in the Balance," 9 July 2018 Privacy - Terms Earlier this year, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., introduced legislation that would remove all federal restrictions on hemp cultivation. William L. Spence, idahostatesman, "Congress has moved to OK this once-controversial crop, and Idaho could benefit bigtime," 4 July 2018 And though Trump has tried to block asylum-seekers from accessing ports of entry, a federal court has already batted down those restrictions. Amanda Sakuma, Vox, "Trump threatens to shut down the border for the third time in three months," 29 Dec. 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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The first known use of restriction was in the 15th century

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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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