from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act of restricting.
  • n. The state of being restricted.
  • n. Something that restricts; a regulation or limitation.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of restricting, or the state of being restricted.
  • n. A regulation or limitation that restricts.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of restricting, or state of being restricted; confinement within limits or bounds.
  • n. That which restricts; limitation; restraint.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of restricting, or the state of being restricted; limitation; confinement within bounds: as, grounds open to the public without restriction.
  • n. That which restricts; a restraint: as, to impose restrictions on trade.
  • n. Reservation; reserve.
  • n. In logic:
  • n. The act of limiting a proposition by a restrictive particle.
  • n. The inference from a universal to a particular proposition, or to one in which the subject is narrower while the predicate remains the same: as, all crows are black, hence some white crows are black. The example illustrates the danger of such inference.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a principle that limits the extent of something
  • n. an act of limiting or restricting (as by regulation)
  • n. the act of keeping something within specified bounds (by force if necessary)


From Anglo-Norman restriction, Middle French restriction, and their source, Late Latin restrictio, from Latin restringere. (Wiktionary)



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