Origin of restive
Examples from the Web for restive
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|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|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.
Attempting to remount, I was as stiff and awkward as an octogenarian, and my restive mule would not stand for a moment.The Secret Service.|Albert D. Richardson
On the other hand, he began at times to be restive about "the most trifling matters," to the surprise of Yulia Mihailovna.The Possessed|Fyodor Dostoevsky
Another groom, who was a good swimmer, had been sent back to Rome with a restive horse.The Story of My Life, volumes 4-6|Augustus J. C. Hare
One shore was restive, uneasy; the other confident, mocking.A Cumberland Vendetta|John Fox, Jr.
I hear, answered Cinq Mars, with a peevish start, like a restive horse forced forward on a road he is unwilling to take.Richelieu, v. 1/3|G. P. R. James
British Dictionary definitions for restive
Word Origin for restive
Word Origin and History for restive
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.