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- not restrictive
- Gram. designating a modifier, as a word, phrase, or subordinate clause, that does not limit the reference of the word or phrase it modifies but merely adds information and thus is not essential to the meaning of a sentence: it is set off by punctuation marks: “who is six feet tall” in “John, who is six feet tall, is younger than Bill” is a nonrestrictive clause
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- Not restrictive: nonrestrictive zoning.
- Grammar Of, relating to, or being a subordinate clause or phrase that describes but does not identify or restrict the meaning of the noun, phrase, or clause it modifies, as the clause who live in a small condo in the sentence The Smiths, who live in a small condo, have 11 cats.