A restriction is a limitation or a restraint, like when a size restriction keeps you from jumping on a toddler trampoline and bouncing the smaller kids a mile up in the air.

Usually a restriction is in place because a limit needs to be set. Common sense would keep you from putting a bowling ball in a paper bag; you wouldn’t need a restriction to tell you not to do it. Sometimes a restriction is the result of doing something bad or misusing a privilege, as when your parents put a restriction on video gaming to limit your time in front of the TV.

Definitions of restriction
  1. noun
    an act of limiting or restricting (as by regulation)
    synonyms: limitation
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    cutting off the electric current on certain lines when the demand becomes greater than the supply
    arms control
    a limitation on the size and armament of the armed forces of a country
    a limitation or constraint
    fixing (of prices or wages etc) at a particular level
    sudden restriction on an activity
    hiring freeze
    a freeze on hiring
    price freeze
    a freeze of prices at a given level
    wage freeze
    a freeze of wages at a given level
    type of:
    regulating, regulation
    the act of controlling or directing according to rule
  2. noun
    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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    restriction imposed by the government on documents or weapons that are available only to certain authorized people
    specification, stipulation
    a restriction that is insisted upon as a condition for an agreement
    the act of circumscribing
    the act of constraining; the threat or use of force to control the thoughts or behavior of others
    swaddling clothes
    restrictions placed on the immature
    type of:
    the act of controlling by restraining someone or something
  3. noun
    a principle that limits the extent of something
    “I am willing to accept certain restrictions on my movements”
    synonyms: limitation, stricture
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    a restriction of range or scope
    a limitation imposed on the variables of a proposition (as by the quantifiers `some' or `all' or `no')
    a rule or condition that limits freedom
    something that restrains a flood or outpouring
    type of:
    regulation, rule
    a principle or condition that customarily governs behavior
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