Definition of restive adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

restive

 adjective
adjective
BrE BrE//ˈrestɪv//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈrestɪv//
 
(formal)
 
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unable to stay still, or unwilling to be controlled, especially because you feel bored or not satisfied The crowd was growing increasingly restive. The news was relayed to the restive citizens. Word Origin late 16th cent.: from Old French restif, -ive, from Latin restare ‘remain’. The original sense, ‘inclined to remain still’, has been reversed; the association with the uncontrollable movements of a horse gave rise to the current sense ‘restless’.
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