Examples of restrictive in a Sentence
In the sentence “The book that you ordered is out of print,” “that you ordered” is a restrictive clause.
Recent Examples of restrictive from the Web
In its ruling 18 years ago, the appeals court said the city's more restrictive charter trumps state law.
Last week, a Senate judiciary committee shot down another bill to allow more guns in schools, one that was much more restrictive than Garofalo's.
Many of the metropolitan areas with the strongest rates of job creation — and hence housing demand — have restrictive zoning laws that make finding suitable land a challenge.
Cantelme said that didn't pose a legal problem because the change was more restrictive on spending than what Congress had already approved.
Anti-government protests this year over a struggling economy and then restrictive dress laws for women have highlighted the different visions for Iran’s future held by more moderate politicians and conservative hardliners.
Such a program would undoubtedly enjoy stronger bipartisan support than America’s current restrictive health-care law.
The walkouts were also aimed at underscoring the prevalence of gun violence in the United States and double as calls for more restrictive gun laws.
Pennsylvania State Representative Mike Turzai, who has openly discussed the ways restrictive voter ID laws benefit his party, also paid tribute to Dr. King.
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Restrictive covenants (that is, agreements) in real-estate deeds were once used to forbid the buyer from ever selling the property to anyone of another race. These are now illegal, though other kinds of restrictive covenants are very common; in some neighborhoods, they may even tell you what colors you can't paint your house. In grammar, a restrictive clause is one that limits the meaning of something that comes before it. In the sentence "That's the professor who I'm trying to avoid", "who I'm trying to avoid" is a restrictive clause, since it's what identifies the professor. But in the sentence "That's my History professor, who I'm trying to avoid", the same clause is nonrestrictive, since the professor has already been identified as "my History professor". There should always be a comma before a nonrestrictive clause, but not before a restrictive clause.
RESTRICTIVE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of restrictive for English Language Learners
: limiting or controlling someone or something
grammar of a word or group of words : giving information about a person or thing that is needed to understand which person or thing is meant
RESTRICTIVE Defined for Kids
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