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a. Uneasily impatient or hard to control under restriction, opposition, criticism, or delay: Passengers on board the delayed airliner began to grow restive.
b. Characterized by impatience or an absence of calm; unsettled: had a restive feeling that something wasn't quite right.
2. Refusing to move. Used of a horse or other animal.

[Middle English restif, stationary, from Old French, from rester, to remain, from Latin restāre, to keep back : re-, re- + stāre, to stand; see stā- in Indo-European roots.]

res′tive·ly adv.
res′tive·ness n.
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Adv.1.restively - in a restive manner; "he sat down again, restively"
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(ˈrestiv) adjective
beginning to show displeasure, impatience, boredom etc eg at delay, discipline etc; restless.
ˈrestively adverb
ˈrestiveness noun
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"Don't you understand?" said Maxwell, restively. "I want you to marry me.
He thanked people for their historic reception of Karavan-e-Bhutto as thousands of people reached railway stations and restively waited for a glimpse of their beloved leader.
In addition, specialty baby cribs & cots are also expected to witness a rapid expansion in sales, although projected to account for a restively lower revenue share of the market over the forecast period.
We waited restively. Some of us had chores or other commitments after the paper route.
We can see that pixels far from edges have restively higher f6 and f7 and lower f8.
Arriving at a final declaration of the slogan "I AM" restively preserves in the background a struggle of extra-human proportions.
Whereas her work of 1952 to 1954 simultaneously courted environmental immersion and metonymic literalism--see, for instance, Open Wall, 1953, a precarious tympanum of aquamarines and caramels, which flickers restively between raw materiality and spatial extension--Frankenthaler's canvases of 1956 to 1959, such as Western Dream, 1957, and Before the Caves, 1958, developed her signature stain technique in large-scale compositions, allowing brush marks and pooled paint to congeal into recognizable symbols.