restive

[ res-tiv ]
/ ˈrɛs tɪv /

adjective

impatient of control, restraint, or delay, as persons; restless; uneasy.
refractory; stubborn.
refusing to go forward; balky: a restive horse.

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Origin of restive

1375–1425; rest2 + -ive; replacing late Middle English restif stationary, balking < Old French: inert

OTHER WORDS FROM restive

res·tive·ly, adverbres·tive·ness, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH restive

restful restive
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British Dictionary definitions for restive

restive
/ (ˈrɛstɪv) /

adjective

restless, nervous, or uneasy
impatient of control or authority

Derived forms of restive

restively, adverbrestiveness, noun

Word Origin for restive

C16: from Old French restif balky, from rester to remain
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