adjective res·tive \ˈres-tiv\

: feeling bored or impatient while waiting for something to happen or change

Full Definition of RESTIVE

:  stubbornly resisting control :  balky
:  marked by impatience or uneasiness :  fidgety
res·tive·ly adverb
res·tive·ness noun

Examples of RESTIVE

  1. <the restive horse threw its head and refused to move when the rider urged it forward>
  2. <spent a restive night worrying about the next day's exam>

Origin of RESTIVE

Middle English restyf, from Anglo-French restif, from rester to stop, resist, remain
First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of RESTIVE

contrary, perverse, restive, balky, wayward mean inclined to resist authority or control. contrary implies a temperamental unwillingness to accept orders or advice <a contrary child>. perverse may imply wrongheaded, determined, or cranky opposition to what is reasonable or normal <a perverse, intractable critic>. restive suggests unwillingness or inability to submit to discipline or follow orders <tired soldiers growing restive>. balky suggests a refusing to proceed in a desired direction or course of action <a balky witness>. wayward suggests strong-willed capriciousness and irregularity in behavior <a school for wayward youths>.

Rhymes with RESTIVE

RESTIVELY Defined for Kids


adjective res·tive \ˈre-stiv\

Definition of RESTIVE for Kids

:  showing impatience, nervousness, or discomfort <a restive crowd>


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