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[rest-fuh l] /ˈrɛst fəl/
giving or conducive to rest.
being at rest; quiet; tranquil; peaceful.
Origin of restful
1300-50; Middle English; see rest1, -ful
Related forms
restfully, adverb
restfulness, noun
unrestful, adjective
unrestfully, adverb
unrestfulness, noun
Can be confused
restful, restive.
2. calm, serene, undisturbed.
1. disturbing. 2. agitated. Unabridged
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  • It was indeed a beautiful old church, mellowed into restful beauty by the lapse of years.

  • There is something in the restful radiance of moonlight which mellows hearts.

    In the Valley Harold Frederic
  • May it be many years before she shall go out forever from her restful, happy home, at Melrose, Mass.

    Lives of Girls Who Became Famous Sarah Knowles Bolton
  • The restful loneliness of the only life he had known was gone.

    White Fang Jack London
  • They are our memories playing in our thoughts that are calm and stilled and limpid, like the trustful and restful water.

    The Love Poems mile Verhaeren
  • Now they became oases, restful shades in the sunlight of his effort.

    The Law-Breakers Ridgwell Cullum
  • The Colored Girl Beautiful will study the possibilities of her home and will attempt to secure the restful effects for the eye.

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British Dictionary definitions for restful


giving or conducive to rest
being at rest; tranquil; calm
Derived Forms
restfully, adverb
restfulness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for restful

mid-14c., "characterized by rest;" late 14c., "quiet, peaceful;" from rest (n.1) + -ful. Related: Restfully; restfulness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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