Synonyms and Antonyms of restive
- The restive horse threw its head and refused to move when the rider urged it forward.
adamant, adamantine, dogged, hardheaded, headstrong, immovable, implacable, inflexible, mulish, obdurate, obstinate, opinionated, peevish, pertinacious, pigheaded, rigid, self-willed, stubborn, unbending, uncompromising, unrelenting, unyielding
- I spent a restive night worrying about the next day's exam.
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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