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restriction (n.)

early 15c., restriccioun, "a cessation, the property of staunching bleeding," from Old French restriction (14c.) and directly from Late Latin restrictionem (nominative restrictio) "limitation," noun of action from past-participle stem of Latin restringere "restrict, bind fast, restrain," from re- "back" (see re-) + stringere "draw tight" (see strain (v.)). General sense of "that which restricts" is by early 15c. Meaning "act, process, or fact of restricting; state of being restricted" is from 1620s.

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Definitions of restriction from WordNet

restriction (n.)
a principle that limits the extent of something;
I am willing to accept certain restrictions on my movements
Synonyms: limitation
restriction (n.)
an act of limiting or restricting (as by regulation);
Synonyms: limitation
restriction (n.)
the act of keeping something within specified bounds (by force if necessary);
the restriction of the infection to a focal area
Synonyms: confinement
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