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[rest-fuh l] /ˈrɛst fəl/
giving or conducive to rest.
being at rest; quiet; tranquil; peaceful.
Origin of restful
Middle English word dating back to 1300-50; See origin at 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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  • How restful this quiet and reserve after the colour and line tumult of the Higbee apartment.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • There is something in the restful radiance of moonlight which mellows hearts.

    In the Valley Harold Frederic
  • The restful loneliness of the only life he had known was gone.

    White Fang Jack London
  • It was gay, it was quiet and restful, it was intimately personal.

    The Harbor Ernest Poole
  • Now they became oases, restful shades in the sunlight of his effort.

    The Law-Breakers Ridgwell Cullum
  • At one time it is quiet and restful; at another passionate and bold.

  • She looked so cool and restful in her white frock and shady hat.

    Jan and Her Job L. Allen Harker
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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