1. something that serves to restrict
2. Of, relating to or implying restriction
3. Expressing limitation of application, as terms ,expressions etc.

Remember the word restrictive through the ‘strict’ around which it is wrapped. Strict comes from the Latin stringere, which means “to bind tight,” either with string or rope or whatever does the job. Hence restrictive implies tight binding, generally in terms of some kind of rules or laws.

1. Lisa’s parents are too restrictive of her social life.
2. Limiting the use to a single copy on a single PC seems unduly restrictive, to most users at least.
3. The revised draft became more restrictive than the relatively open approach in the first draft.

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