restrictive

adjective re·stric·tive \ ri-ˈstrik-tiv \
Updated on: 7 Nov 2017

Definition of restrictive

1 a :of or relating to restriction
b :serving or tending to restrict
  • restrictive regulations
2 :limiting the reference of a modified word or phrase
3 :prohibiting further negotiation

restrictive

noun

restrictively

adverb

restrictiveness

noun

Examples of restrictive in a Sentence

  1. In the sentence “The book that you ordered is out of print,” “that you ordered” is a restrictive clause.

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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.

First Known Use of restrictive

1579


RESTRICTIVE Defined for English Language Learners

restrictive

adjective

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

restrictive

adjective re·stric·tive \ ri-ˈstrik-tiv \

Definition of restrictive for Students

:serving or likely to keep within bounds

Law Dictionary

restrictive

adjective re·stric·tive \ ri-ˈstrik-tiv \

legal Definition of restrictive

1 a :of or relating to restriction
b :serving or tending to restrict
2 :prohibiting further negotiation

restrictively

adverb

restrictiveness

noun


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