Variant of restrictive
- restricting or tending to restrict; limiting: restrictive regulations
- Gram. 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
Origin: Middle English from Middle French restrictif
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