restrictive

Restrictive is an adjective that describes something that keeps people within certain boundaries. A household where you aren't allowed to play video-games, watch TV, or eat junk food is restrictive.

If you noticed that restrictive is wrapped around the word strict, you're on to something. Strict comes from the Latin stringere, and you can probably guess what that means, right? Well, not "string," actually, but close: "to bind tight," either with string or rope or whatever does the job. The kids in a restrictive household are kept from doing so many things they might as well be tied up.

Definitions of restrictive
  1. adjective
    serving to restrict
    “teenagers eager to escape restrictive home environments”
    Synonyms:
    confining, constraining, constrictive, limiting, restricting
    restricting the scope or freedom of action
    inhibitory, repressing, repressive
    restrictive of action
    limiting
    strictly limiting the reference of a modified word or phrase
    regulative, regulatory
    restricting according to rules or principles
    sumptuary
    regulating or controlling expenditure or personal behavior
    suppressive
    tending to suppress
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    Antonyms:
    unrestrictive
    not tending to restrict
    emancipative
    tending to set free
    nonrestrictive
    not limiting the reference of a modified word or phrase
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  2. adjective
    (of tariff) protective of national interests by restricting imports
    Synonyms:
    protective
    intended or adapted to afford protection of some kind
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