impatient of control, restraint, or delay, as persons; restless; uneasy.
refusing to go forward; balky: a restive horse.
- res·tive·ly, adverb
- res·tive·ness, noun
- restful, restive
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How to use restive in a sentence
The U.S. launched campaigns in the restive Iraqi city of Fallujah and a surge campaign in Baghdad.Pentagon Doesn’t Know How Many People It’s Killed in the ISIS War | Nancy A. Youssef | January 7, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
The U.S. military is finally starting to train Iraqi troops to fight ISIS in restive Anbar province.Pentagon Insider on New Plan to Fight ISIS: ‘Of Course It’s Not Enough’ | Nancy A. Youssef | January 6, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
The great exception, of course, was Ireland, its most restive component.
On Friday, the restive Ukrainian parliament, now dominated by her political allies, voted to free her.
Levinson pointed to the the SInai Peninsula, the restive swath of desert that links Israel to Egypt.
A handsome soldier on a restive bay mare came next, and behind him a huge touring car with a pompous black chauffeur.The Sunbridge Girls at Six Star Ranch | Eleanor H. (Eleanor Hodgman) Porter
Long grass bordered the road on either side, and Barrington's horse suddenly shied and became restive.The Light That Lures | Percy Brebner
Even the platform supporters grew restive unconsciously, and stirred and coughed.The New Machiavelli | Herbert George Wells
Whatever court he went to (and he was often obliged to go to restive and refractory ones) he brought them into his measures.
But sometimes, as now, she was restive under his too close scrutiny.Quin | Alice Hegan Rice
British Dictionary definitions for restive
restless, nervous, or uneasy
impatient of control or authority
- restively, adverb
- restiveness, noun
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