Definition of restricted in US English:



  • 1attributive Limited in extent, number, scope, or action.

    ‘Western scientists had only restricted access to the site’
    • ‘Our knowledge of institutional structures for the earlier period is much more limited because of the restricted numbers and the geographical distribution of the available documents.’
    • ‘That this quality is rarely discerned in his other signed paintings is hardly surprising, given the restricted subject matter of those works.’
    • ‘As a practical issue, it must be preserved in ways that protect it from harm while providing restricted scholarly access.’
    • ‘Downwardly mobile, despite their gentle origins, these men had limited resources and restricted access to luxurious apparel.’
    • ‘For the purposes of this research, closed-ended questions with a restricted set of choices may not be the best means to explore economists' visions of the future.’
    • ‘An agreement was reached in 1960 allowing restricted public access, but the collection retained its almost legendary aura as a virtually inaccessible treasure trove.’
    • ‘Basic medical insurance packages tend to have restricted scope for making claims and in some cases it is only possible to make a claim where a surgical procedure has been carried out.’
    • ‘Higher rates and restricted credit would affect the demand for goods and services as well as alter purchasing plans due to the expectation that prices will cease to rise at past rates.’
    • ‘In urban areas, however, the choice of space is limited because of the restricted availability of houses and the nature of freehold land tenure.’
    • ‘Situated near the valley bottom, this site has very restricted views.’
    • ‘Many companies use web proxies to monitor employee access, filter restricted content, improve performance via caching and protect the internal network.’
    • ‘As the game progresses, there is less risk in challenging the dealer because his choices become more restricted.’
    • ‘Contemporary Prairie du Chien sites without wild rice indicate the spatially restricted nature of rice exploitation.’
    • ‘The Nouveau Roman remained a more restricted phenomenon, of limited appeal within France itself, and less overseas.’
    • ‘Both trials show a trend for a lesser level of performance for cows with restricted time of access to hay.’
    • ‘The summary statement offered here will not resolve problems that are endemic to the subject, but it should serve the more restricted purpose of guiding the reader through the present discussion.’
    • ‘Their restricted product line also gives them somewhat limited flexibility.’
    • ‘Usually, taking part in a restricted access conversation increases the potential level of trust, especially if the identities of the participants are known.’
    • ‘In 1822 the British authorities instituted trading fairs to regulate and regularize what until then had been restricted trade.’
    • ‘In pidgins and creoles these metaphorical uses are an important means of extending a restricted vocabulary with limited syntactic means.’
    cramped, confined, constricted, small, narrow, compact, tight, poky, minimal, sparse, inadequate
    limited, controlled, regulated
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    1. 1.1British (of a document or information) for limited circulation and not to be revealed to the public for reasons of national security.
      • ‘It's restricted information which I'm not at liberty to discuss with you till we actually get there, ok?’
      • ‘As more and more bugs in server implementation are discovered, they are promptly used to break into online systems and gain access to restricted information.’
      • ‘They simulated the impact of restricted credit information on the performance of scoring models and on the cost and availability of consumer credit.’
      • ‘Dr. Steelwell was caught with restricted info on aliens in his possession and kicked out of Area 51.’
      private, personal, intimate, privileged, quiet
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    2. 1.2Biology (of a virus) unable to reproduce at its normal rate in certain hosts.
      • ‘Abundant expression of all viral protein mRNAs and reduced or lacking protein translation, especially of the matrix protein, were the most important findings, indicating that restricted virus infection in the grey matter might represent a mechanism for viral persistence in distemper polioencephalitis.’
      • ‘Restricted virus production in latently infected glial cells is host-cell determined and associated with a block in Rev-dependent regulation.’
    3. 1.3Biochemistry (of DNA) subject to degradation by a restriction enzyme.
      • ‘The chief feature of the plan is its lucidity, despite the fact that the building had to be fitted into a highly restricted site.’
      • ‘If 50% of the cells which permit injection of restricted DNA are infected with at least two phage genomes and genomes are subsequently segregated by cell division, then the number of potential yielder cells should significantly increase during the course of the experiment.’
      • ‘The method involved a stepwise linkage of doubly-restricted DNA fragments and re-digestion of the resultant concatamers.’