Part of speech: noun


Part of speech: adverb


Part of speech: adjective

Impatient of control; unruly.

Part of speech: adjective

Stubborn; balky.

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Usage examples "restive":

  1. One, wrapped to the chin in furs, sat well back in the corner of the carriage as if desirous of all possible protection from the cold; the other leaned forward in a somewhat restive attitude and looked like a man occupying his position under protest. - "Those Dale Girls", Frank Weston Carruth.
  2. Meanwhile, however, Bismarck had given the last flick to the restive courses of the Press on both sides of the Rhine. - "The Development of the European Nations, 1870-1914 (5th ed.)", John Holland Rose.
  3. Possibly some scrape, like that preserved in the deer- stealing tradition and the resultant persecution, made the young man, now only twenty- one, restive and eager to be gone. - "An Introduction to Shakespeare", H. N. MacCracken F. E. Pierce W. H. Durham.