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1 : Tending to arrest.

2 : Unwilling to go on; obstinate in refusing to move forward; stubborn; drawing back.

3 : Inactive; sluggish.

4 : Impatient under coercion, chastisement, or opposition; refractory.

5 : Uneasy; restless; averse to standing still; fidgeting about; -- applied especially to horses.

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1 : Arrestive

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Tending to arrest.

2 : Restive

a.

Unwilling to go on; obstinate in refusing to move forward; stubborn; drawing back.

3 : Restive

a.

Inactive; sluggish.

4 : Restive

a.

Impatient under coercion, chastisement, or opposition; refractory.

5 : Restive

a.

Uneasy; restless; averse to standing still; fidgeting about; -- applied especially to horses.

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This word restive uses 6 unique characters: E I R S T V

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Number of all combination ncr for restive word is (720)

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Contents

  • 1 English
    • 1.1 Etymology
    • 1.2 Adjective
      • 1.2.1 Synonyms
      • 1.2.2 Derived terms
      • 1.2.3 Translations
    • 1.3 Anagrams

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English restyffe, from Middle French restif (motionless, brought to a standstill), from Old French rester (to remain).

Adjective[edit]

restive (comparative more restive, superlative most restive)

  1. Impatient under delay, duress, or control.
    • 1914, Bram Stoker, "Dracula's Guest" in Dracula's Guest and Other Weird Stories:
      The horses were now more restive than ever, and Johann was trying to hold them in.
    • 1960, P[elham] G[renville] Wodehouse, chapter XV, in Jeeves in the Offing, London: Herbert Jenkins, OCLC 1227855:
      “Hullo, Bobbie,” I said. “Hullo, Bertie,” she said. “Hullo, Upjohn,” I said. The correct response to this would have been “Hullo, Wooster”, but he blew up in his lines and merely made a noise like a wolf with its big toe caught in a trap. Seemed a bit restive, I thought, as if wishing he were elsewhere. Bobbie was all girlish animation. “I've been telling Mr Upjohn about that big fish we saw in the lake yesterday, Bertie.” “Ah yes, the big fish.” “It was a whopper, wasn't it?” “Very well-developed.” “I brought him down here to show it to him.” “Quite right. You'll enjoy the big fish, Upjohn.” I had been perfectly correct in supposing him to be restive. He did his wolf impersonation once more. “I shall do nothing of the sort,” he said, and you couldn't find a better word than “testily” to describe the way he spoke. “It is most inconvenient for me to be away from the house at this time. I am expecting a telephone call from my lawyer.”
  2. Resistant to control; stubborn.
    • 1726 October 28, [Jonathan Swift], chapter VIII, in Gulliver’s Travels, volume II, London: Printed for Benj[amin] Motte, OCLC 995220039, part IV:
      Yet I am of opinion, this defect arises chiefly from a perverse, restive disposition; for they are cunning, malicious, treacherous, and revengeful.
  3. Refusing to move, especially in a forward direction.

Synonyms[edit]

  • (impatient under duress): anxious, champing at the bit, fidgety, restless, uneasy
  • (resistant of control): disobedient, rebellious, recalcitrant, refractory, uncooperative, unruly
  • (refusing to move): balky

Derived terms[edit]

  • restively
  • restiveness

Translations[edit]

Anagrams[edit]

  • Ivester, Servite, Sievert, sievert, tervies, veriest