One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Not involving restrictions or limitations.
public, general, unrestricted, non-exclusive, accessible to everyone, non-restrictiveView synonyms
- ‘Holland, though it has a non-restrictive abortion law and free abortions, has one of the lowest abortion rates in the world, far lower than many countries where abortion is illegal.’
- ‘In 1997 the European Commission adopted a non-restrictive interpretation of this provision in relation to providing banking services cross-border.’
- ‘The design funnels the air around non-restrictive curved corners.’
- ‘However, the return hose needs to run directly to the reservoir on the tractor without going through a coupler or be connected by a non-restrictive coupler.’
- ‘Our law and order policies are tough, but they are fair and they are non-restrictive for law-abiding citizens.’
- ‘There's been a general shift in publishing away from online pay-sites with restricted content to an increasingly non-restrictive approach.’
(of a relative clause or descriptive phrase) giving additional information about a noun phrase whose particular reference has already been specified.
- ‘The sentence ‘My uncle, who lives in Brazil, is coming to see us’ contains the non-restrictive relative clause ‘who lives in Brazil’.’
- ‘They don't even want to know what the distinction between a restrictive and a non-restrictive clause might be.’
- ‘A non-restrictive clause is one that does not serve to identify or define the antecedent noun.’
- ‘The result is a non-restrictive relative clause in which the relative pronoun ‘whom’ is buried inside a recursively-embedded participial supplement.’
On the use of restrictive and nonrestrictive relative clauses, see restrictive
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