Definition of restrictive adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//rɪˈstrɪktɪv//
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈstrɪktɪv//
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  1. 1preventing people from doing what they want restrictive laws
  2. 2(also defining) (grammar) (of relative clauses) explaining which particular person or thing you are talking about rather than giving extra information about them. In The books which are on the table are mine, ‘which are on the table’ is a restrictive relative clause. compare non-restrictive
  3. Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French restrictif, -ive, from medieval Latin restrictivus, from restrict- ‘confined’, from the verb restringere, from re- ‘back’ + stringere ‘to tie, pull tight’.Extra examples He argued that the law was unduly restrictive. In time, the changes become restrictive. their attempts to make drug legislation more restrictive and repressive
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: restrictive