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[ri-strik-tid] /rɪˈstrɪk tɪd/
confined; limited.
  1. bearing the classification restricted, usually the lowest level of classified information.
  2. limited to persons authorized to use information, documents, etc., so classified.
    Compare classification (def 5).
limited to or admitting only members of a particular group or class:
a restricted neighborhood; a restricted hotel.
Origin of restricted
1820-30; restrict + -ed2
Related forms
restrictedly, adverb
restrictedness, noun
nonrestricted, adjective
nonrestrictedly, adverb
self-restricted, adjective
unrestricted, adjective
unrestrictedly, adverb


[ri-strikt] /rɪˈstrɪkt/
verb (used with object)
to confine or keep within limits, as of space, action, choice, intensity, or quantity.
1525-35; < Latin restrictus drawn back, tightened, bound, reserved, orig. past participle of restringere to restrain, equivalent to re- re- + strictus strict
Related forms
restricter, restrictor, noun
derestrict, verb (used with object)
nonrestricting, adjective
overrestrict, verb (used with object)
prerestrict, verb (used with object)
curb, circumscribe, abridge, restrain.
free. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for restricted
  • restricted ecological niches may have limited the creatures' evolutionary opportunities-but also may have saved them.
  • So far the maximal capacity of human longevity has been restricted by limited diet and lifetime health insults.
  • Smoking will now be restricted to limited outdoor areas.
  • In dry years or with restricted water, however, plants of wild species may thrive.
  • If not restricted, many ground covers will advance beyond the area you've allotted for them.
  • The contest is void where prohibited or restricted by law.
  • Many other restored films languish in a limbo of restricted access.
  • Small animals and insects are thus restricted to making high-frequency airborne sounds.
  • The continuing uplift of the caldera rim can be explained by the restricted size of the magma's exit route.
  • The phenomenon is almost entirely restricted to the tropics, he added.
British Dictionary definitions for restricted


limited or confined
not accessible to the general public or (esp US) out of bounds to military personnel
(Brit) denoting or in a zone in which a speed limit or waiting restrictions for vehicles apply
Derived Forms
restrictedly, adverb
restrictedness, noun


(often foll by to) to confine or keep within certain often specified limits or selected bounds: to restrict one's drinking to the evening
Word Origin
C16: from Latin rēstrictus bound up, from rēstringere; see restrain
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Word Origin and History for restricted

"limited," 1830, past participle adjective from restrict; 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."
Groucho: "Well, my daughter's only half-Jewish; could she go in up to her knees?" [there are many versions and variations of this story, dating back to 1970s]



1530s, from Latin restrictus, past participle of restringere (see restriction). Regarded 18c. as a Scottishism. Related: Restricted; restricting.

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