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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 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.
The unrest has boosted fears that the violent ideology of the IS is gaining a foothold in the restive southern islands, where a Muslim separatist rebellion has raged for decades.
Knives also have been used in attacks in the restive Xinjiang region, where authorities said in February that eight people including three assailants were killed and five injured during a knife attack in Pishan county.
The club might have been sending a signal to its slumping — and benched — third baseman, Chase Headley, or assuring its restive fan base that there was no need to panic because help was on the way.
Islamic militants have for years been waging an insurgency mostly centered in the restive northern part of Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, although a growing number of attacks have recently also taken place on the mainland.
But Burnswark was just the opening salvo in a war against the restive tribes living north of Hadrian’s Wall.
The Philippines lived under martial law throughout the 1970s, Marcos’ way of dealing with the increasingly radical elements — mainly a restive university population and a resurgent Communist movement — that grew in opposition to his corrupt regime.
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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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