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restful

[rest-fuhl]
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adjective
  1. giving or conducive to rest.
  2. being at rest; quiet; tranquil; peaceful.
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Origin of restful

Middle English word dating back to 1300–50; see origin at rest1, -ful
Related formsrest·ful·ly, adverbrest·ful·ness, nounun·rest·ful, adjectiveun·rest·ful·ly, adverbun·rest·ful·ness, noun
Can be confusedrestful restive

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Related Words for restful

tranquil, relaxed, serene, relaxing, calm, comfortable, contented, inactive, motionless, pacific, peaceful, placid, retired, sedate, soothing, still, untroubled, unexcited

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Contemporary Examples of restful

Historical Examples of restful

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for restful

restful

adjective
  1. giving or conducive to rest
  2. being at rest; tranquil; calm
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Derived Formsrestfully, adverbrestfulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for restful

adj.

mid-14c., "characterized by rest;" late 14c., "quiet, peaceful;" from rest (n.1) + -ful. Related: Restfully; restfulness.

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