What does restrictive mean?

Definitions for restrictive
rɪˈstrɪk tɪvre·stric·tive

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word restrictive.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. restrictiveadjective

    serving to restrict

    "teenagers eager to escape restrictive home environments"

  2. restrictiveadjective

    (of tariff) protective of national interests by restricting imports


  1. restrictiveadjective

    Confining, limiting, containing with in defined bounds.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Restrictiveadjective

    Etymology: from restrict.

    They, who would make the restrictive particle belong to the latter clause, and not to the first, do not attend to the reason. Edward Stillingfleet, Def. of Dis. on Roman Idols.

    I applied a plaister over it, made up with my common restrictive powder. Richard Wiseman, Surgery.


  1. restrictive

    In semantics, a modifier is said to be restrictive (or defining) if it restricts the reference of its head. For example, in "the red car is fancier than the blue one", red and blue are restrictive, because they restrict which cars car and one are referring to. ("The car is fancier than the one" would make little sense.) By contrast, in "John's beautiful mother", beautiful is non-restrictive; "John's mother" identifies her sufficiently, whereas "beautiful" only serves to add more information. Restrictive modifiers are also called defining, identifying, essential, or necessary; non-restrictive ones are also called non-defining, non-identifying, descriptive, or unnecessary (though this last term can be misleading). In certain cases, generally when restrictiveness is marked syntactically through the lack of commas, restrictive modifiers are called integrated and non-restrictive ones are called non-integrated or supplementary.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Restrictiveadjective

    serving or tending to restrict; limiting; as, a restrictive particle; restrictive laws of trade

  2. Restrictiveadjective

    astringent or styptic in effect

  3. Etymology: [Cf. F. restrictif.]

How to pronounce restrictive?

How to say restrictive in sign language?


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of restrictive in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of restrictive in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of restrictive in a Sentence

  1. The Supreme Court:

    The Court expresses no view on the merits of the cases, in particular, the Court does not decide whether petitioners' religious exercise has been substantially burdened, whether the Government has a compelling interest, or whether the current regulations are the least restrictive means of serving that interest.

  2. April Masini:

    I hear from lots of people looking for love, unsuccessfully, that they’ve got a restrictive list of ‘filters,’ including age, when you open your age range filter by including younger people among your possibilities, you’ve got a whole new group of folks to date.

  3. Faisal Durrani:

    This will have a direct impact on the mortgage market, which is already very restrictive.

  4. Thomas Dupree:

    Right now we've got a conservative court. It wouldn't surprise me at all if they take a fairly restrictive view of how colleges and universities can consider race in admissions.

  5. Charles Branas:

    We were somewhat surprised most by the recent, growing divergence in the rates of mass shootings between permissive and restrictive states.

Popularity rank by frequency of use


Translations for restrictive

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for restrictive »


Find a translation for the restrictive definition in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"restrictive." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2023. Web. 30 Mar. 2023. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/restrictive>.

Discuss these restrictive definitions with the community:


    Are we missing a good definition for restrictive? Don't keep it to yourself...

    Browse Definitions.net

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Chrome

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Firefox

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!


    Are you a words master?

    weak or sickly person especially one morbidly concerned with his or her health
    • A. tantamount
    • B. bonzer
    • C. valetudinarian
    • D. sesquipedalian

    Nearby & related entries:

    Alternative searches for restrictive: