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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 bedroom is painted in a restive deep teal, with a massive mirror to make the space feel even bigger.
Turkey and Iran, concerned that an independent Kurdistan could inspire their own restive Kurdish minorities, also opposed it in the strongest terms and took some punitive measures.
Turkey, with its own restive Kurdish minority, condemned the referendum, which is non-binding.
Every country or restive region has its own idiosyncratic history.
Suu Kyi arrived in the state capital Sittwe and headed to restive northern Rakhine where many Rohingya villages were located.
The Democratic Party’s congressional leadership, especially House minority leader Nancy Pelosi of California, is facing rumblings of discontent from restive, younger lawmakers.
Many blame Barzani’s intransigence in the face of virtually unanimous international and regional opposition to the referendum, especially from neighbors such as Iran and Turkey with their own restive Kurdish minorities.
Some Republicans, particularly in the restive House, want to axe it
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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.
Origin and Etymology of restive
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonymsbalky, contrary, contumacious, defiant, froward, incompliant, insubordinate, intractable, obstreperous, rebel, rebellious, recalcitrant, recusant, refractory, disobedient, ungovernable, unruly, untoward, wayward, willful (or wilful)
Antonymsamenable, biddable, compliant, conformable, docile, obedient, ruly, submissive, tractable
Related Wordsnoncooperative, uncooperative; insurgent, mutinous; adamant, adamantine, dogged, hardheaded, headstrong, immovable, implacable, inflexible, mulish, negativistic, obdurate, obstinate, opinionated, peevish, pertinacious, pigheaded, rigid, self-willed, stubborn, unbending, uncompromising, unrelenting, unyielding; fractious, disobedient, uncontrollable, unmanageable, wild; perverse, resistant, wrongheaded; bad, disorderly, errant, misbehaving, mischievous, monkeying, monkeyish, naughty; undisciplined; dissident, nonconformist; discourteous, disrespectful, ill-bred, ill-mannered, ill-natured, impertinent, impolite, impudent, inconsiderate, insolent, ornery, rude, uncivil, uncouth, ungracious, unmannerly
Near Antonymsacquiescent, agreeable, amiable, cooperative, deferential, obliging; yielding; behaved, disciplined, well-bred; courteous, polite, respectful; kowtowing, obsequious, servile, slavish, subservient; decorous, mannerly, orderly, proper; controllable, governable, manageable, trainable
Synonym Discussion of restive
- a contrary child
- a perverse, intractable critic
- tired soldiers growing restive
- a balky witness
- a school for wayward youths
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