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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Re·strict·ive a.
 1. Serving or tending to restrict; limiting; as, a restrictive particle; restrictive laws of trade.
 2. Astringent or styptic in effect. [Obs.]
 --Re*strict*ive*ly, adv. -- Re*strict*ive*ness, n.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n : modification that makes the meaning more specific (`red hat'
          has a more specific meaning than `hat')