Definition of restrictive practice in English:

restrictive practice


  • 1An arrangement by a group of workers to limit output or restrict the entry of new workers in order to protect their own interests.

    • ‘The retail pharmacy market was partly deregulated in 2001 following a legal challenge, though certain restrictive practices remain in force.’
    • ‘The report highlighted restrictive practices among lawyers, accountants and architects.’
    • ‘Eleven years ago, the authority's predecessor, the Fair Trade Commission, issued the first major report on restrictive practices in the legal profession.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, sources in the Competition Authority point out that a number of restrictive practices remain in place which benefit existing players at the expense of new entrants.’
    • ‘He called on the Government to confront vested interests by tackling restrictive practices among the professions and to introduce interim price controls.’
    1. 1.1 An arrangement in industry or trade that restricts competition between firms.
      • ‘Trade disputes reached a peak in the 1980s, with each side accusing the other of a range of restrictive practices and protectionism, especially in the areas of agriculture and governmental procurement policies.’
      • ‘Time after time they find that higher prices prevail where there is a lack of competition and where restrictive practices are rife.’
      • ‘In the past, distributors tried to maximise profits by imposing a number of restrictive practices on the cinema industry.’
      • ‘We believe in greater competition, more efficient and less costly services for transport users and the breaking down of outmoded, anti-competitive restrictive practices.’
      • ‘‘Too many sectors of our economy are shielded from market realities by outdated laws, by restrictive practices, by anti-competitive activities,’ she said.’