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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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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
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005


(of horse, = stubbornness) → störrische Art; (= nervousness)Unruhe f
(= restlessness: of person, manner) → Rastlosigkeit f; (of tribes)Widerspenstigkeit f, → Aufsässigkeit f
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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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References in classic literature ?
The Spanish name, desemboltura, partly expresseth them; when there be not stonds nor restiveness in a man's nature; but that the wheels of his mind, keep way with the wheels of his fortune.
Even at the state and local levels of government, the performances of some of the political officeholders are not positively felt by the people, hence, the growing bickering, restiveness and mistrust in the land.
Gino Fegarido, Lambayong police chief, said police and Army soldiers were at a checkpoint along the national highway in Barangay Tinumigues when they noticed the restiveness of two men on board an approaching motorbike.
So every time heavy rain pours or Mayon shows signs of restiveness, Lidong's 3,000 residents turn anxious, worried about a possible tragedy coming their way.
Domogan sought the meeting to seek the Muslim community's help in quelling any restiveness that may have been building up as a result of the killing even as he assured that the city government and the BCPO are exerting their best efforts to get to the bottom and eventually close the Abdullah case.
Besides the challenge of ensuring that CPEC benefits do not bypass the Balochis, China's harsh attempts to suppress Muslim restiveness in Xinjiang, where CPEC originates from, is another issue of growing concern.
The reason over the perceived restiveness within the military was a decision by Duterte last August to void the amnesty given by then President Benigno Aquino III to Trillanes.
Some officials warned that if the rehabilitation falters, the restiveness it would generate could be exploited by militants.
He emphasized that illegal use of justice and accountability departments are spreading anarchy and restiveness.
Restiveness over the style and substance of the unification of Nepal's two principal communist parties has begun to pervade the Maoist faction.
Cayetano issued the statement in light of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) statement that Mayon's restiveness is still far from the peak of explosion, which may come in the coming weks.