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ˈrɛs tɪvrestive

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  1. restiveadjective

    Resistant of control; stubborn.

    unruly, recalcitrant, uncooperative, disobedient, refractory

  2. restiveadjective

    Refusing to move, especially in a forward direction.


  3. restiveadjective

    fidgety, champing at the bit, restless, anxious, uneasy

English Synonyms and Antonyms0.0 / 0 votes

  1. restive

    Balky, mulish, obstinate, and stubborn are synonyms of restive only in an infrequent if not obsolete use; the supposed sense of "tending to rest," "standing stubbornly still," is scarcely supported by any examples, and those cited to support that meaning often fail to do so. The disposition to offer active resistance to control by any means whatever is what is commonly indicated by restive in the best English speech and literature. Dryden speaks of "the pampered colt" as "restiff to the rein;" but the rein is not used to propel a horse forward, but to hold him in, and it is against this that he is "restiff." A horse may be made restless by flies or by martial music, but with no refractoriness; the restive animal impatiently resists or struggles to break from control, as by bolting, flinging his rider, or otherwise. With this the metaphorical use of the word agrees, which is always in the sense of such terms as impatient, intractable, rebellious, and the like; a people restive under despotism are not disposed to "rest" under it, but to resist it and fling it off.

    balky, fidgety, fractious, fretful, frisky, impatient, intractable, mulish, mutinous, obstinate, rebellious, recalcitrant, refractory, resentful, restiff, restless, skittish, stubborn, unruly, vicious

    docile, gentle, manageable, obedient, passive, peaceable, quiet, submissive, tractable, yielding

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms0.0 / 0 votes

  1. restive

    stubborn, obstinate, uneasy, balky, recalcitrant

    docile, manageable, tractable

Princeton's WordNet0.0 / 0 votes

  1. edgy, high-strung, highly strung, jittery, jumpy, nervy, overstrung, restive, uptightadjective

    being in a tense state

    cheeky, rocky, highly strung, jolting, rough, bumpy, nervy, uptight, edgy, high-strung, jittery, jumpy, overstrung, jolty, brash

    patient, relaxed

  2. restiveadjective

    impatient especially under restriction or delay

    "the government has done nothing to ease restrictions and manufacturers are growing restive"

    highly strung, nervy, uptight, edgy, high-strung, jittery, jumpy, overstrung

    relaxed, patient

Dictionary of English Synonymes0.0 / 0 votes

  1. restiveadjective

    stubborn, mulish, restiff, obstinate

  2. restiveadjective

    uneasy, impatient, restless, ill at ease, unquiet

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words4.0 / 1 vote

  1. restiveadjective

    restless, impatient, fidgety, intractable, uneasy, fractious, rebellious

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