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

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restrictive

adjective
rɪˈstrɪktɪv
 
; rɪˈstrɪktɪv
 
 
1 preventing people from doing what they wantrestrictive laws2 (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-restrictiverestrictively
 
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adverb