rest·​ful | \ˈrest-fəl \

Definition of restful 

1 : marked by, affording, or suggesting rest and repose a restful color scheme

2 : being at rest : quiet

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restfully \ ˈrest-​fə-​lē \ adverb
restfulness noun

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comfortable, cozy, snug, easy, restful mean enjoying or providing a position of contentment and security. comfortable applies to anything that encourages serenity, well-being, or complacency as well as physical ease. started feeling comfortable in our new surroundings cozy suggests warmth, shelter, assured ease, and friendliness. a cozy neighborhood coffee shop snug suggests having just enough space for comfort and safety but no more. a snug little cottage easy implies relief from or absence of anything likely to cause discomfort or constraint. living in easy circumstances restful applies to whatever induces or contributes to rest or relaxation. a quiet restful vacation

Examples of restful in a Sentence

It's restful by the stream. I hope you had a relaxing and restful weekend.

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What was supposed to be a midnight glass of Champagne to toast our first woman president and a restful, satisfied night’s sleep turned into an evening of terror and fear — a silent, jaw-agape stare at the television until dawn. Will Leitch, The Cut, "How to Raise a Boy," 5 Mar. 2018 However, recurrent exposure to traumatic events means the body is undergoing this process far more frequently than ever, interrupting this restful recovery. Alexandra Pattillo, CNN, "Too much bad news can make you sick," 1 June 2018 Any hope Barbara Boxer had of easing into a restful retirement vanished the day Donald Trump was elected President of the United States. Peter Kiefer, The Hollywood Reporter, "Barbara Boxer and Daughter Nicole Launch Political Podcast In Time For the Midterms," 1 June 2018 Judging from this game, all that resting the Warriors did the last month of the season, much of it during games, was, well, restful. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, "Steve Kerr gets creative with lineup, but fans will still take Stephen Curry," 28 Apr. 2018 For adults, the marketable promises are similar: reduce anxiety, elevate serotonin levels, and promote a restful night’s sleep. Rachel Raczka, Good Housekeeping, "We Found Out If Weighted Blankets Really Work For Anxiety—Plus 4 Blankets To Try," 19 Oct. 2017 Researchers have long known that too much light can affect your sleep cycles, disrupting restful sleep. Sarah Jio, Woman's Day, "10 All-Natural Remedies to Get a Better Night's Sleep," 11 Nov. 2010 Natural light balances your sleep cycle for a more restful sleep and productive day. Dan Marshall, Houston Chronicle, "GHBA Remodelers Council: Reimagine your home with skylights," 6 May 2018 Some, if not most, were checking into rooms for the weekend and surely hoping for a restful night's sleep in the days to come. Cincinnati Enquirer,, "Flying Pig Marathon set for 20th anniversary running," 4 May 2018

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First Known Use of restful

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of restful was in the 14th century

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English Language Learners Definition of restful

: peaceful and quiet in a way that makes you relax


rest·​ful | \ˈrest-fəl \

Kids Definition of restful

: giving a feeling of peace or relaxation : quiet a restful scene

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