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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.
Nothing could suit the country’s restive, fearful mood than the story of a modest and tragic hero of the sport that was still the undisputed national pastime.
The soldiers were assisting operations against the Islamic State in the restive eastern province of Afghanistan.
BHP Billiton Ltd. named former packaging company head Ken MacKenzie to chair its board as the world’s biggest miner grapples with a mounting challenge from restive investors and slowing growth in China, its top customer.
An Afghan soldier opened fire on U.S. troops in a restive eastern province of Afghanistan on Saturday, killing three and injuring a fourth, authorities said.
Neighboring states like Turkey, Syria and Iran that all have large and sometimes restive Kurdish populations have in the past resisted moves towards Kurdish independence.
The unrest has boosted fears that the Islamic State group's violent ideology is gaining a foothold in the country's restive southern islands, where Muslim separatist rebellions have raged for nearly half a century.
The unrest has boosted fears that the Islamic State group's violent ideology is gaining a foothold in the country's restive southern islands, where a Muslim separatist rebellion has raged 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.
Origin and Etymology of restive
Middle English restyf, from Anglo-French restif, from rester to stop, resist, remain
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of restive
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
Definition of restive for Students
: showing impatience, nervousness, or discomfort a restive crowd
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