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restricted

[ri-strik-tid] /rɪˈstrɪk tɪd/
adjective
1.
confined; limited.
2.
  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).
3.
limited to or admitting only members of a particular group or class:
a restricted neighborhood; a restricted hotel.
Origin
1820-1830
1820-30; restrict + -ed2
Related forms
restrictedly, adverb
restrictedness, noun
nonrestricted, adjective
nonrestrictedly, adverb
self-restricted, adjective
unrestricted, adjective
unrestrictedly, adverb
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  • But unrestricted free speech is in everyone's best interests.
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  • Green will be an unrestricted free agent after this season.
  • He could have become an unrestricted free agent this summer.
  • In an uncapped season, a player became an unrestricted free agent after six accrued seasons.
  • For the mentally ill, there are now only two choices: incarceration or unrestricted movement in society.
  • Cut over the ear for unrestricted hearing and comfort.
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  • Too many people want unrestricted gun rights and they are too powerful to be denied.
  • But he has had unrestricted access to her personal papers, letters and diaries, and he has mined them diligently.
British Dictionary definitions for unrestricted

unrestricted

/ˌʌnrɪˈstrɪktɪd/
adjective
1.
not restricted or limited in any way: unrestricted access

restricted

/rɪˈstrɪktɪd/
adjective
1.
limited or confined
2.
not accessible to the general public or (esp US) out of bounds to military personnel
3.
(Brit) denoting or in a zone in which a speed limit or waiting restrictions for vehicles apply
Derived Forms
restrictedly, adverb
restrictedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unrestricted
adj.

1766, from un- (1) "not" + restricted.

restricted

adj.

"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]

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