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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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.restiveness - the anxious feeling you have when you have the jitters
anxiety - a vague unpleasant emotion that is experienced in anticipation of some (usually ill-defined) misfortune
2.restiveness - characterized by nervousness and quickness to take fright
nervousness - a sensitive or highly strung temperament


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[ˈrestɪvnɪs] N [of person] → inquietud f, malestar m; [of horse] → nerviosismo m, inquietud f


(of horse, = stubbornness) → störrische Art; (= nervousness)Unruhe f
(= restlessness: of person, manner) → Rastlosigkeit f; (of tribes)Widerspenstigkeit f, → Aufsässigkeit f


(ˈrestiv) adjective
beginning to show displeasure, impatience, boredom etc eg at delay, discipline etc; restless.
ˈrestively adverb
ˈrestiveness noun
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