restrictive clause
noun Date: circa 1895 a descriptive clause that is essential to the definiteness of the word it modifies (as that you ordered in “the book that you ordered is out of print”)

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • restrictive clause — noun a subordinate clause that limits or restricts the meaning of the noun phrase it modifies • Hypernyms: ↑subordinate clause, ↑dependent clause * * * noun : an adjective clause so closely attached to its noun as to be essential to the… …   Useful english dictionary

  • restrictive clause — re.strictive clause also re.strictive .relative clause n technical a part of a sentence that says which particular person or thing you are talking about. For example in the man who came to dinner , the phrase who came to dinner is a restrictive… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • restrictive clause — also restrictive rel.a.tive clause noun (C) technical a part of a sentence that says which person or thing is meant. For example in the man who came to dinner , the phrase who came to dinner is a restrictive clause …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • restrictive clause — Gram. a relative clause that identifies the antecedent and that is usually not set off by commas in English. In The year that just ended was bad for crops, the clause that just ended is a restrictive clause. Cf. nonrestrictive clause. [1900 05] * …   Universalium

  • restrictive clause — /rəˈstrɪktɪv klɔz/ (say ruh striktiv klawz) noun a relative clause, usually not set off by commas, which identifies the person or object named by the antecedent (opposed to descriptive clause) …   Australian English dictionary

  • Non-restrictive clause — A non restrictive clause is a clause in which the noun phrase (NP) that is used to avoid repetition (as the referent of an anaphor, meaning that it is substituted by another word, but refers to the same noun) is determined by its antecedent where …   Wikipedia

  • clause — [ kloz ] n. f. • XIIIe; « vers, rime » 1190; bas lat. clausa, de claudere « clore », lat. class. clausula ♦ Disposition particulière d un acte. ⇒ condition, convention, disposition. Les clauses d un contrat, d une loi, d un traité. Respecter,… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • restrictive — adj. imposing restrictions. Phrases and idioms: restrictive clause Gram. a relative clause, usu. without surrounding commas. restrictive practice Brit. an agreement to limit competition or output in industry. Derivatives: restrictively adv.… …   Useful english dictionary

  • restrictive — re•stric•tive [[t]rɪˈstrɪk tɪv[/t]] adj. 1) tending or serving to restrict 2) of the nature of a restriction 3) gram. of or pertaining to a word, phrase, or clause that identifies or limits the meaning of a modified element, as the relative… …   From formal English to slang

  • restrictive covenant — n 1: a covenant acknowledged in a deed or lease that restricts the free use or occupancy of property (as by forbidding commercial use or types of structures) one who purchases for value and without notice takes the land free from the restrictive… …   Law dictionary

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