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restrictive

[ri-strik-tiv] /rɪˈstrɪk tɪv/
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
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English < Middle French restrictif < Latin restrict(us) (see restrict) + Middle French -if -ive
Related forms
restrictively, adverb
restrictiveness, noun
unrestrictive, adjective
unrestrictively, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for un restrictive

restrictive

/rɪˈstrɪktɪv/
adjective
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
Derived Forms
restrictively, adverb
restrictiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for un restrictive

restrictive

adj.

early 15c., "serving to bind or draw together," from Middle French restrictif, from Late Latin restrictivus, from Latin restrict-, past participle stem of restringere (see restriction). Meaning "imposing restriction" is from 1570s. Related: Restrictively; restrictiveness.

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