restrictive re‧stric‧tive [rɪˈstrɪktɪv] adjective
1. greatly limiting or controlling what is allowed to happen:

• The rest of Europe kept interest rates high to match the Bundesbank's restrictive monetary policies.

• Environmentalists have drafted another proposal that is far more restrictive than last year's initiative.

2. restrictive ( trade/​business) practice COMMERCE an unfair action by a company, country etc that limits trade, competition etc:

• The U.S. suspects that the country's restrictive trade practices are partly to blame for the rising trade deficit.

3. restrictive practices HUMAN RESOURCES unreasonable limits that one trade union puts on the kind of work the members of other trade unions are allowed to do:

• The restrictive practices of stubborn unions kept the new printing presses idle.

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restrictive UK US /rɪˈstrɪktɪv/ adjective
limiting the freedom of someone or preventing something from growing or developing: restrictive laws/measures/policies »

Through introducing restrictive measures like anti-takeover legislation, corporate executives bolstered their own positions.

restrictive conditions/effects/rules »

He wants to transfer to a personal pension plan, which has less restrictive conditions than an occupational plan.

restrictive conditions/effects/rules »

He considers that French labour laws are far too restrictive.

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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