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Definition of "restrictive" []

  • Of or relating to restriction. (adjective)
  • Tending or serving to restrict; limiting. (adjective)
  • Grammar Of, relating to, or being a subordinate clause or phrase that identifies the noun, phrase, or clause it modifies and limits or restricts its meaning, as the clause who live in glass houses in People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "restrictive" in a sentence
  • "The memorandum presented to Manuel said the government's strict aderence to what it described as restrictive fiscal policy was crippling the reconstruction and development programme, and weakening transformation goals."
  • ""For the EU it's time to consider what we call restrictive measures ... to ensure we put as much pressure as possible to try and stop the violence in Libya and see the country move forward," she told reporters."
  • "In fact they would be arguably consistent if they supported such position and opposed certain restrictive defamation laws that had the effect of trampling what they no doubt believe to be the universal human right of free expression."