Restrictive Re*strict"ive, a. [Cf. F. restrictif.] [1913 Webster] 1. Serving or tending to restrict; limiting; as, a restrictive particle; restrictive laws of trade. [1913 Webster]

2. Astringent or styptic in effect. [Obs.] --Wiseman. [1913 Webster] --{Re*strict"ive*ly}, adv. -- {Re*strict"ive*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]

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  • restrictive — UK [rɪˈstrɪktɪv] / US adjective 1) strictly limiting or controlling someone or something Some back injuries are caused by restrictive clothing. The current building regulations are very restrictive. 2) linguistics limiting the meaning of another… …   English dictionary

  • restrictive — adjective Date: 1579 1. a. of or relating to restriction b. serving or tending to restrict < restrictive regulations > 2. limiting the reference of a modified word or phrase 3. prohibiting further negotiation • restrictive noun • restrictively …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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