Definition of restriction in English:

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Pronunciation: /rɪˈstrɪkʃ(ə)n/


(often restrictions)
1A limiting condition or measure, especially a legal one: planning restrictions on commercial development
More example sentences
  • One feature that is absent from current regulation is any general restriction on campaign expenditure.
  • Often the speed restrictions in rural villages extend out into the countryside.
  • Aren't free markets supposed to need a free flow of capital and labour, and not restrictions of labour mobility?
reduction, limitation, diminution, curtailment, cutback, cut, scaling down
1.1 [mass noun] The limitation or control of someone or something, or the state of being restricted: the restriction of local government power
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  • Agreements which have as their object or effect the prevention, restriction or distortion of competition within the common market are prohibited.
  • This process of simplification and hybridization involves reduction of linguistic resources and restriction of use to such limited functions as trade.
  • Where the risk is assessed as not high, quarantine restriction will apply for 21 days with regular veterinary visits undertaken.
limitation, limit, constraint, control, check, curb;
regulation, condition, provision, proviso, stipulation, requirement, qualification, demarcation, rider, strings



Example sentences
  • To unchain money from the fetters of ‘restrictionism,’ to create free money and to grant cheap or even gratuitous credit, is the main plank in their political platform.
  • He writes that ‘laissez faire philosophy had opened the way for capitalism by utterly destroying the fallacies of restrictionism’.
  • The 1880s were a turning point in the historical development of linguistic and immigration restrictionism.


adjective& noun
Example sentences
  • Consider all the major events that have increased the supply of labor during the last half-century: the baby boom, the surge in work force participation by women, and rising rates of immigration after decades of restrictionist policies.
  • While Pearce sees ‘momentum, lots of momentum’ for his immigrant-crackdown message, other evidence indicates the restrictionist cause isn't quite as compelling at the grassroots.
  • After a bitter struggle between restrictionists and supporters of a more liberal immigration policy, a weakened Displaced Persons Act was passed on June 18, 1948, and reluctantly signed by President Truman a week later.


Late Middle English: from Old French, or from Latin restrictio(n-), from restringere 'bind fast, confine' (see restrict).

Words that rhyme with restriction

addiction, affliction, benediction, constriction, conviction, crucifixion, depiction, dereliction, diction, eviction, fiction, friction, infliction, interdiction, jurisdiction, malediction, transfixion, valediction

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