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rɪˈstrɪk ʃənre·stric·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. restriction, limitationnoun

    a principle that limits the extent of something

    "I am willing to accept certain restrictions on my movements"

  2. limitation, restrictionnoun

    an act of limiting or restricting (as by regulation)

  3. restriction, confinementnoun

    the act of keeping something within specified bounds (by force if necessary)

    "the restriction of the infection to a focal area"


  1. restrictionnoun

    The act of restricting, or the state of being restricted.

  2. restrictionnoun

    A regulation or limitation that restricts.

  3. Etymology: From restriction, restriction, and their source, restrictio, from restringere.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Restrictionnoun

    Confinement; limitation.

    Etymology: restriction, Fr.

    This is to have the same restriction with all other recreations, that it be made a divertisement not a trade. Go. of Ton.

    Iron manufacture, of all others, ought the least to be encouraged in Ireland; or, if it be, it requires the most restriction to certain places. William Temple, Miscellanies.

    All duties are matter of conscience; with this restriction, that a superior obligation suspends the force of an inferior. Roger L'Estrange.

    Each other gift, which God on man bestows,
    Its proper bounds and due restriction knows;
    To one fix’d purpose dedicates its power. Matthew Prior.

    Celsus’s rule, with the proper restrictions, is good for people in health. Arbuthnot.


  1. restriction

    Restriction is a rule or regulation which limits or controls an action, behavior, or process. It can also refer to the state of limiting or preventing someone or something from doing something or moving freely. In a broader sense, it may apply to any condition or factor that confines or constrains within boundaries.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Restrictionnoun

    the act of restricting, or state of being restricted; confinement within limits or bounds

  2. Restrictionnoun

    that which restricts; limitation; restraint; as, restrictions on trade

  3. Etymology: [F. restriction, L. restrictio.]


  1. Restriction

    In mathematics, the notion of restriction of a function is defined as follows: If f : E → F is a function from E to F, and A is a subset of E, then the restriction of f to A is the function More generally, the restriction A ◁ R of a binary relation R between E and F may be defined as a relation having domain A, codomain F and graph G = { ∈ G | x ∈ A}. Similarly, one can define a right-restriction or range restriction R ▷ B. The domain anti-restriction of a function or binary relation R by a set A may be defined as ◁ R; it removes all elements of A from the domain E. It is sometimes denoted A ⩤ R. Similarly, the range anti-restriction of a function or binary relation R by a set B is defined as R ▷; it removes all elements of B from the codomain F. It is sometimes denoted R ⩥ B.

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. restriction

    A bug or design error that limits a program's capabilities, and which is sufficiently egregious that nobody can quite work up enough nerve to describe it as a feature. Often used (esp. by marketroid types) to make it sound as though some crippling bogosity had been intended by the designers all along, or was forced upon them by arcane technical constraints of a nature no mere user could possibly comprehend (these claims are almost invariably false).Old-time hacker Joseph M. Newcomer advises that whenever choosing a quantifiable but arbitrary restriction, you should make it either a power of 2 or a power of 2 minus 1. If you impose a limit of 107 items in a list, everyone will know it is a random number — on the other hand, a limit of 15 or 16 suggests some deep reason (involving 0- or 1-based indexing in binary) and you will get less flamage for it. Limits which are round numbers in base 10 are always especially suspect.

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  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'restriction' in Nouns Frequency: #1118

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of restriction in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of restriction in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of restriction in a Sentence

  1. Joseph Szabo:

    If there is a red signal you can't pass it. If there is a speed restriction, it will slow you down.

  2. city council:

    This legislation represents a new mark in the invisibility and disenfranchisement of lesbians, gays, bisexual, transgender and intersex people (LGBTI) and adds to the systematic restriction of the rule of law and fundamental freedoms that have been practiced for years in Hungary.

  3. John Cornyn:

    That we surprised them by including this restriction on taxpayer-funded abortion that's been the law of the land for 39 years is patently ridiculous.

  4. Jack Rakove:

    The 3/5 clause was always seen as a concession to the slave states, not some kind of punishment or restriction. Slaves were not citizens or legal persons in any sense of the term ; they would never enjoy political representation in any form.

  5. Eric Ravussin:

    Even if the weight loss was a primary end point, I think that the question is really: What is the best strategy to get people to stick to a diet? we know daily calorie restriction -- if you have to count your calories every day and all that -- it's a tough one. I think that there's some hope that this alternate-day fast, or modified fast, would be a better or easier strategy, but ... the dropout rate is kind of alarming.

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    the trait of lacking restraint or control; reckless freedom from inhibition or worry
    • A. arborolatry
    • B. whitewash
    • C. leaven
    • D. abandon

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