restive

[res-tiv]
adjective
1.
impatient of control, restraint, or delay, as persons; restless; uneasy.
2.
refractory; stubborn.
3.
refusing to go forward; balky: a restive horse.

Origin:
1375–1425; rest2 + -ive; replacing late Middle English restif stationary, balking < Old French: inert

restively, adverb
restiveness, noun

restful, restive.


1. nervous, unquiet. 2. recalcitrant, disobedient, obstinate.


1. patient, quiet. 2. obedient, tractable.
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restive (ˈrɛstɪv)
 
adj
1.  restless, nervous, or uneasy
2.  impatient of control or authority
 
[C16: from Old French restif balky, from rester to remain]
 
'restively
 
adv
 
'restiveness
 
n

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restive
c.1410, restyffe "not moving forward," from M.Fr. restif (fem. restive) "motionless," from rester "to remain" (see rest (2)). Sense of "unmanageable" (1687) evolved via notion of a horse refusing to go forward.
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