- impatient of control, restraint, or delay, as persons; restless; uneasy.
- refractory; stubborn.
- refusing to go forward; balky: a restive horse.
Origin of restive
SynonymsSee more synonyms for restive on Thesaurus.com
Examples from the Web for restiveness
Hindu restiveness over representation of the faith in Western culture has grown over the years.Animated Film Roils Hindus in Queens
July 24, 2011
Her restiveness is absolutely alluring, and excites all my hunting instinct.Man and Maid
He paused, then added, "I think it's just as well to walk off my restiveness if I can."The Tyranny of Weakness
Charles Neville Buck
Its ancestors in the sixteenth were notorious for their restiveness.The Agrarian Problem in the Sixteenth Century
Richard Henry Tawney
In other parts of the city, however, signs of restiveness were visible.Recollections of Thirty-nine Years in the Army
Charles Alexander Gordon
Lady Cantire (perceiving that the Bishop is showing signs of restiveness).Lyre and Lancet
- restless, nervous, or uneasy
- impatient of control or authority
Word Origin and History for restiveness
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.