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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Those were scrapped in 2015, after the World Trade Organization determined that the restrictions violated trade rules. Washington Post, "Rare Earths, the U.S.-China Trade War and Your Phone," 18 Sep. 2019 For better or for worse, the hearing and the White House’s restrictions clarified how little the semantics regarding the impeachment debate actually matter. Alana Abramson, Time, "In Corey Lewandowski's Hearing, Democrats Learn Escalating Impeachment Rhetoric Won't Make the White House Cooperate," 17 Sep. 2019 Everything else, the council contends, is subject to the $100,000 restriction. al, "Mobile’s ongoing legal woes threaten timely budget vote," 17 Sep. 2019 The two measures, which would expand federal background checks for gun purchases and transfers, represent the first major firearm restrictions to advance in a generation. BostonGlobe.com, "WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate minority leader Charles Schumer on Sunday urged President Trump to endorse House-passed gun measures and pledged to join him for a ‘‘historic signing ceremony at the Rose Garden’’ if the legislation is passed.," 16 Sep. 2019 Members of the union that represent USCIS employees, including asylum officers, said members were deeply conflicted by the restrictions the new rule requires them to apply to asylum seekers who arrive at the southern border. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Hundreds of migrants waiting months to enter the U.S. may no longer be eligible for asylum," 16 Sep. 2019 During a moderate drought, damage to crops and pastures are possible along with low water levels, and voluntary water usage restrictions are requested. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, "Blazing heat. No rain. Louisville is in the midst of a moderate drought," 13 Sep. 2019 Inexplicably, climate change, despite its demonstrable importance to Democratic voters, isn’t getting the same treatment—even CNN’s marathon town hall couldn’t feature the candidates side by side, due to DNC restrictions. Nick Martin, The New Republic, "It’s Not That Hard to Have a Substantive Exchange About Global Warming," 13 Sep. 2019 The restrictions are expected to remain in place until after the first hard frost kills off the mosquitoes. Gregory B. Hladky, courant.com, "Evening school and park athletic events restricted in four southeastern Connecticut towns because of mosquito infection worries," 11 Sep. 2019

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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 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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