nonrestrictive [nän΄ri strik′tiv]
1. not restrictive
2. Gram. designating a modifier, as a word, phrase, or subordinate clause, that does not limit the reference of the word or phrase it modifies but merely adds information and thus is not essential to the meaning of a sentence: it is set off by punctuation marks [who is six feet tallinJohn, who is six feet tall, is younger than Billis a nonrestrictive clause]: cf. RESTRICTIVE

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  • nonrestrictive — /non ri strik tiv/, adj. 1. not restrictive or limiting. 2. Gram. descriptive of a modified element rather than limiting of the element s meaning: a nonrestrictive modifier. Cf. restrictive (def. 4). [1920 25; NON + RESTRICTIVE] * * * …   Universalium

  • nonrestrictive — non|re|stric|tive [ ,nanrı strıktıv ] adjective LINGUISTICS nonrestrictive CLAUSES give extra information about a noun. In writing they are often separated from the rest of the sentence by COMMAS …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • nonrestrictive — non•re•stric•tive [[t]ˌnɒn rɪˈstrɪk tɪv[/t]] adj. 1) not restrictive 2) gram. pertaining to a word, phrase, or clause that describes or supplements a modified element but is not essential in establishing its identity, as the relative clause which …   From formal English to slang

  • nonrestrictive — adjective not limiting the reference of a modified word or phrase the nonrestrictive clause in I always buy his books, which have influenced me greatly, refers to his books generally and adds an additional fact about them • Similar to:… …   Useful english dictionary

  • nonrestrictive — adjective Date: 1916 not restrictive; specifically not limiting the reference of a modified word or phrase …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • nonrestrictive — adjective not restrictive; not imposing restrictions …   Wiktionary

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  • nonrestrictive — nÉ‘nrɪ strɪktɪv / nÉ’n adj. not restrictive, without limitations …   English contemporary dictionary

  • nonrestrictive — non·restrictive …   English syllables