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Definitions for restrictive
rɪˈstrɪk tɪvre·stric·tive

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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.


  1. restrictive

    Restrictive generally refers to something that imposes limits or constraints, prohibiting or controlling certain actions or activities. It can pertain to laws, rules, conditions, practices, or characteristics that restrict, limit or hinder freedom, growth, or development.

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.]

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  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. Gilda Sedgh:

    More women living in countries with the most restrictive abortion laws have an unmet need for contraception - that is, they want to avoid getting pregnant but are not using a method of family planning - than women in countries with more liberal laws, and this adds to the incidence of abortion in countries with restrictive laws.

  2. Charles Branas:

    More specifically, the rate of mass shootings in permissive states appears to be increasing since 2010, while the rate in restrictive states appears to be decreasing, we were somewhat surprised most by the recent, growing divergence in the rates of mass shootings between permissive and restrictive states.

  3. Brittney Robinson:

    Trump Victory in Pennsylvania used to be that we would only see about five to six percent of voters in Pennsylvania vote by absentee ballot. Trump Victory in Pennsylvania's less restrictive now, so we want to make sure we're taking advantage of Trump Victory in Pennsylvania.

  4. Edward Moya:

    Crude pared earlier vaccine roll-out gains after Los Angeles county had another record high in coronavirus cases and South Korea raised their alert level, cOVID restrictive measures and lockdowns across the globe seem poised to keep crude prices heavy in the short term.

  5. Jon Sherman:

    What's really galling about how severely restrictive the voter ID law requirements are for students, how many traps and hoops that are for them to navigate, is that Wisconsin has the most restrictive voting regime overall, and basically the whole country, in order to vote there.

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