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Meaning of RESTIVE

Pronunciation:  'restiv

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  impatient especially under restriction or delay; "the government has done nothing to ease restrictions and manufacturers are growing restive"
  2. [adj]  being in a tense state

RESTIVE is a 7 letter word that starts with R.


 Synonyms: edgy, highly strung, high-strung, impatient, in suspense(p), jittery, jumpy, nervy, overstrung, tense, uptight



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Rest"ive\ (r?st"?v), a. [OF. restif, F. r['e]tif, fr.
L. restare to stay back, withstand, resist. See {Rest}
remainder, and cf. {Restiff}.] .
Unwilling to go on; obstinate in refusing to move forward;
stubborn; drawing back.

      Restive or resty, drawing back, instead of going
      forward, as some horses do.              --E. Philips

      The people remarked with awe and wonder that the beasts
      which were to drag him [Abraham Holmes] to the gallows
      became restive, and went back.           --Macaulay.

2. Inactive; sluggish. [Obs.] --Sir T. Browne.

3. Impatient under coercion, chastisement, or opposition;

4. Uneasy; restless; averse to standing still; fidgeting
   about; -- applied especially to horses. --Trench. --
   {Rest"ive}, adv. -- {Rest"ive*ness}, n.