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[ri-strik-shuh n] /rɪˈstrɪk ʃən/
something that restricts; a restrictive condition or regulation; limitation.
the act of restricting.
the state of being restricted.
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English < Late Latin restrictiōn- (stem of restrictiō), equivalent to Latin restrict(us) (see restrict) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
nonrestriction, noun
overrestriction, noun
prerestriction, noun
prorestriction, adjective
self-restriction, noun
superrestriction, noun
1. rule, provision, reservation, restraint. Unabridged
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  • To conserve scarce supplies, water managers will probably have to implement restrictions again.
  • Be sure to obey private property restrictions while walking to the beach.
  • Past restrictions on deer hunting have also fueled the boom.
  • Every year paleontologists must carefully navigate the tangle of laws and restrictions on fossil collecting.
  • At first, the restrictions proved largely successful.
  • Whaling for the sake of science has always been permitted anywhere and without restrictions.
  • They agreed, with a number of restrictions, including that one of them be in the room at all times when she was on the site.
  • It's a story pushed regularly by opponents of campaign-finance restrictions.
  • His father held the menu in one hand and his newly prescribed list of dietary restrictions in the other.
  • Several selective colleges have some version of an early-action program, but restrictions vary.
British Dictionary definitions for restrictions


something that restricts; a restrictive measure, law, etc
the act of restricting or the state of being restricted
(logic, maths) a condition that imposes a constraint on the possible values of a variable or on the domain of arguments of a function
Derived Forms
restrictionist, noun, adjective
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Word Origin and History for restrictions



early 15c., "that which restricts," from Middle French restriction (14c.) and directly from Late Latin restrictionem (nominative restrictio) "limitation," noun of action from past participle stem of Latin restringere "restrict, bind fast, restrain," from re- "back" (see re-) + stringere "draw tight" (see strain (v.)). Meaning "act of restricting" is from 1620s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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