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Examples of restive in a Sentence
the restive horse threw its head and refused to move when the rider urged it forward
spent a restive night worrying about the next day's exam
Recent Examples of restive from the Web
The crippling protests were mainly in towns across the restive Oromia region, the largest of Ethiopia’s nine provinces.
The restive region remains under direct rule from Madrid.
The restive region of Chechnya was the site of two separatist wars in the 1990s.
Few, if any, issues animate the conference more, particularly its always restive right flank, and a misstep could create a problem.
Taking turns reading from the Book of Genesis, the astronauts' words spoken live from space seemed to calm, at least momentarily, a restive Earth.
But restive members of the rank and file are eager to have the debate now, and they are engaged in parliamentary maneuvering that promises to bring the issue front and center in Congress.
Monday's statement by the prosecutor says the suspects formed dozens of small militant cells and carried out 63 attacks against army and police forces in the restive northern part of the Sinai Peninsula.
Whoever takes charge will inherit a restive, youthful country that has been mismanaged for decades.
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Did You Know?
Restive ultimately comes from the Anglo-French word rester, meaning "to stop, resist, or remain." In its earliest use, restive meant "sluggish" or "inactive," though this sense is no longer in use. Another early sense was "stubborn, obstinate." Specifically, restive often referred to horses that refused to do as commanded. This general application to unruly horses may have influenced the development of the "fidgety, impatient" sense of restive. Some usage commentators have objected to this newer sense, but it has been in use for well over a century, and is now the more common of the uses.
balky, contrary, contumacious, defiant, disobedient, froward, incompliant, insubordinate, intractable, obstreperous, rebel, rebellious, recalcitrant, refractory, ungovernable, unruly, untoward, wayward, willful (or wilful);
adamant, adamantine, dogged, hardheaded, headstrong, immovable, implacable, inflexible, mulish, obdurate, obstinate, opinionated, peevish, pertinacious, pigheaded, rigid, self-willed, stubborn, unbending, uncompromising, unrelenting, unyielding;
Synonym Discussion of restive
- a contrary child
- a perverse, intractable critic
- tired soldiers growing restive
- a balky witness
- a school for wayward youths
RESTIVE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of restive for English Language Learners
: feeling bored or impatient while waiting for something to happen or change
RESTIVE Defined for Kids
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