The U.S. launched campaigns in the restive Iraqi city of Fallujah and a surge campaign in Baghdad.
But, unlike other societies, Israel conducts a massive ongoing military occupation over millions of restive non-citizens.
There are cells on all sides of you, and the men inside them are restive.
The great exception, of course, was Ireland, its most restive component.
And facing resistance from a restive population, it should have been expected that they would behave as they have.
Robert was restive under her uncanny questionings, but answered that he wasn't quite sure about the future.
But not yet: your poor brother-in-law is restive, like many weak men.
Some, however, who were restive under the Mexican yoke, were not unwilling to exchange masters.
Under all these restrictions the colonies were not as yet restive.
Inquiring of the nurse as to the patient who had been so restive, I learned that he had neither moved nor spoken.
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.