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restive

[res-tiv] /ˈrɛs tɪv/
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
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; rest2 + -ive; replacing late Middle English restif stationary, balking < Old French: inert
Related forms
restively, adverb
restiveness, noun
Can be confused
restful, restive.
Synonyms
1. nervous, unquiet. 2. recalcitrant, disobedient, obstinate.
Antonyms
1. patient, quiet. 2. obedient, tractable.
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British Dictionary definitions for restiveness

restive

/ˈrɛstɪv/
adjective
1.
restless, nervous, or uneasy
2.
impatient of control or authority
Derived Forms
restively, adverb
restiveness, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Old French restif balky, from rester to remain
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Word Origin and History for restiveness

restive

adj.

early 15c., restyffe "not moving forward," from Middle French restif "motionless, brought to a standstill" (Modern French rétif), from rester "to remain" (see rest (n.2)). Sense of "unmanageable" (1680s) evolved via notion of a horse refusing to go forward.

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