c.1412, from L.L. restrictionem
) "limitation," from L. restrictus,
pp. of restringere
"restrict, bind fast, restrain," from re-
"back" + stringere
"draw tight" (see strain
(v.)). Restrict (v.)
is attested from 1535; regarded 18c. as a Scottishism. Restricted
"limited" is attested from 1830; of documents, etc., "secret, not for public release" it is recorded from 1944. In U.S., restricted
was a euphemism for "off-limits to Jews" (1947).
Manager: "I'm sorry, Mr. Marx, but we can't let you use the pool; this country club is restricted."Restrictive
Groucho: "Well, my daughter's only half-Jewish; could she go in up to her knees?"
is attested from c.1400.