Adjective "restive" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


(of a person) unable to remain still, silent, or submissive, especially because of boredom or dissatisfaction.
  1. 'he reiterated his determination to hold the restive republics together'
  2. 'The Filipinos were restive under the Spanish, and this long period was marked by numerous uprisings.'
  3. 'While some of its specifics are a problem, the overall argument provides a coherent, long-sighted perspective on this most restive period in the history of the stage.'
  4. 'Discontented with the lack of political rights, government corruption, and economic hardship, the country became increasingly restive during the 1980s, erupting into violent ethnic confrontations in 1992.'
  5. 'Consumers have become increasingly restive about the absence of any legislative guarantee that anything of value will be returned to society as reimbursement for the monopoly rights they have ceded.'
  6. 'Curators have always had to steer (in a timely fashion) between the demands of the general audience and those of restive academics.'
  7. 'The country's social needs - in education and health care especially - are rising because of a growing population and an increasingly restive one.'
  8. 'A deep silence settled upon his chest, his eyes dilated, his breathing became sporadic and restive.'
  9. 'Their people cannot be kept entirely ignorant of this situation, and become restive.'
  10. 'In the right frame of mind any crucial five minutes could amuse the most restive psyche, despite which fact you feel certain that you could easily destroy a universe of time.'
  11. 'both their horses became restive at once'
  12. 'It was a false scent, but ahead of him the horses grew restive, jostling and nipping, and the grey fretted against his hand.'
  13. 'The hyarmi, five in all, caressed the necks of their restive mounts, calming them.'


1. impatient of control, restraint, or delay, as persons; restless; uneasy.

2. refractory; stubborn.

3. refusing to go forward; balky: a restive horse.

More examples(as adjective)

"frenchs can be restive due to levels."

"residents can be restive after forks."

"residents can be restive after floods."

"republicans can be restive over lacks."

"people can be restive with counsels."

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Late 16th century: from Old French restif, -ive, from Latin restare ‘remain’. The original sense, ‘inclined to remain still’, has undergone a reversal; the association with the refractory movements of a horse gave rise to the current sense ‘restless’.