Definition of nonrestrictive in English:


Pronunciation /ˌnänriˈstriktiv/ /ˌnɑnrɪˈstrɪktɪv/


  • 1Not involving restrictions or limitations.

    • ‘There's been a general shift in publishing away from online pay-sites with restricted content to an increasingly non-restrictive approach.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The design funnels the air around non-restrictive curved corners.’
    • ‘Our law and order policies are tough, but they are fair and they are non-restrictive for law-abiding citizens.’
    public, general, unrestricted, non-exclusive, accessible to everyone, non-restrictive
  • 2Grammar
    (of a relative clause or descriptive phrase) giving additional information about a noun phrase whose particular reference has already been specified.

    • ‘A non-restrictive clause is one that does not serve to identify or define the antecedent noun.’
    • ‘The sentence ‘My uncle, who lives in Brazil, is coming to see us’ contains the non-restrictive relative clause ‘who lives in Brazil’.’
    • ‘The result is a non-restrictive relative clause in which the relative pronoun ‘whom’ is buried inside a recursively-embedded participial supplement.’
    • ‘They don't even want to know what the distinction between a restrictive and a non-restrictive clause might be.’


On the use of restrictive and nonrestrictive relative clauses, see



/ˌnänriˈstriktiv/ /ˌnɑnrɪˈstrɪktɪv/