Definition of restive in English:
1(Of a person) unable to keep still or silent and becoming increasingly difficult to control, especially because of impatience, dissatisfaction, or boredom.
- No, the workers were not restive, nor were pickets lining up outside.
- Such resentful people easily become restive; should a promising opportunity to throw off the oppressor's dominion present itself, they may seize it.
- Discontented with the lack of political rights, government corruption, and economic hardship, the country became increasingly restive during the 1980s, erupting into violent ethnic confrontations in 1992.
1.1(Of a horse) refusing to advance, stubbornly standing still or moving backward or sideways.
- A smaller and lighter horse, but restive and fiery, was brought to Legolas.
- It was a false scent, but ahead of him the horses grew restive, jostling and nipping, and the grey fretted against his hand.
- The horses were now more restive than ever, and Johann was trying to hold them in, while excitedly imploring me not to do anything so foolish.
- Example sentences
- The minute hand on the clock above the Walls Unit entrance swept around past the 3, the 6, the 9, creeping toward 9 o'clock as the crowd looked on restively.
- The finale (Ucelli sulle passioni), which, like the second movement, proceeds without pause, begins restively and roils like a volcano on the verge of eruption.
- Johen's reply broke Jande's concentration on Dilys and her daughter, and she could hear their horses giving truth to Johen's words as they stamped restively on the track.
- Example sentences
- Whenever stressed employees worked up the courage to venture criticism of him, Browne would point towards the sign, which was usually enough to quell any restiveness.
- I feel that the restiveness will not calm down with my continued presence,’ Corpus said.
- ‘There has been some understandable restiveness, but I have resolved this matter directly with the troops,’ she said.