restrictive clause


Definition of restrictive clause

: a descriptive clause that is essential to the definiteness of the word it modifies (such as that you ordered in "the book that you ordered is out of print")

Examples of restrictive clause in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Sardar Hukum Singh, a representative from East Punjab, went one step ahead and proposed that all the restrictive clauses of Article 13 should be done away with. Chitranshul Sinha, Quartz India, "How “seditious speech” was dropped from draft Indian constitution but is still a crime," 29 Aug. 2019 One producer insists that restrictive clauses will spark an inability to finance movies. Tatiana Siegel, The Hollywood Reporter, "#MeToo Hits Movie Deals: Studios Race to Add 'Morality Clauses' to Contracts," 7 Feb. 2018 Europe has taken decisive measures to boost supply security: constructing additional interconnectors and LNG terminals, employing reverse flow capabilities, and eliminating restrictive clauses on ultimate destinations. Wolfgang Ischinger, WSJ, "Why Europeans Oppose the Russia Sanctions Bill," 16 July 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'restrictive clause.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of restrictive clause

circa 1895, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about restrictive clause

Time Traveler for restrictive clause

Time Traveler

The first known use of restrictive clause was circa 1895

See more words from the same year

Statistics for restrictive clause

Cite this Entry

“Restrictive clause.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

Comments on restrictive clause

What made you want to look up restrictive clause? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Slippery Words Quiz—Changing with the Times

  • ducreux self portrait yawning
  • What is an earlier meaning of nice?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!