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A restriction is any limitation on activity, by statute, regulation, contract provision, or in a conveyance. Individuals or persons seeking restrictions may be limited in what they can restrict, however. For example, a legislature cannot pass a statute restricting activity which violates that jurisdiction’s constitution. Also, individuals seeking to restrict a real property conveyance through a restraint on alienation may also be limited, as courts disfavor enforcing restraints on alienation. 

[Last updated in April of 2021 by the Wex Definitions Team]