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restrictive

[ri-strik-tiv]
adjective
1.
tending or serving to restrict.
2.
of the nature of a restriction.
3.
expressing or implying restriction or limitation of application, as terms, expressions, etc.
4.
Grammar. limiting the meaning of a modified element: a restrictive adjective. Compare descriptive ( def 2b ).

Origin:
1375–1425; late Middle English < Middle French restrictif < Latin restrict(us) (see restrict) + Middle French -if -ive

restrictively, adverb
restrictiveness, noun
unrestrictive, adjective
unrestrictively, adverb
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restrictive (rɪˈstrɪktɪv)
 
adj
1.  restricting or tending to restrict
2.  grammar denoting a relative clause or phrase that restricts the number of possible referents of its antecedent. The relative clause in Americans who live in New York is restrictive; the relative clause in Americans, who are generally extrovert, is nonrestrictive
 
re'strictively
 
adv
 
re'strictiveness
 
n

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