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1. restrictive

serving to restrict

Example Sentences:
'teenagers eager to escape restrictive home environments'

2. restrictive

(of tariff) protective of national interests by restricting imports

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


see synonyms of restrictive
restricting or tending to restrict
2. grammar
denoting a relative clause or phrase that restricts the number of possible referents of its antecedent. The relative clause in Americans who live in New York is restrictive; the relative clause in Americans, who are generally extrovert, is nonrestrictive

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see synonyms of restrictive
restricting or tending to restrict; limiting
restrictive regulations
2.  Grammar
designating a modifier, as a word, phrase, or subordinate clause, that limits the reference of the word or phrase it modifies and thus is essential to the meaning of a sentence
it is not set off by punctuation
“who laughed” in “the person who laughed is my friend” is a restrictive relative clause
see also nonrestrictive

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see synonyms of restrictive
a. Of or relating to restriction.
b. Tending or serving to restrict; limiting.
2. 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.

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