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Word of the Day
Wednesday, January 15, 2003

Definitions for restive

  1. Impatient under restriction, delay, coercion, or opposition; resisting control.
  2. Unwilling to go on; obstinate in refusing to move forward; stubborn.

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Citations for restive
He turned restive at the least attempt at coercion. Ouida, Held in Bondage
Broadcasters, along with the commercial gambling industry, have grown increasingly restive under the advertising prohibition. Linda Greenhouse, New York Times
Origin of restive
late Middle English
Restive comes from Medieval French restif, from rester, "to remain," ultimately from Latin restare, "to stand back, to remain behind," from re-, "back" + stare, "to stand."