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Definition uneasy, impatient, and difficult to control
  • Employees became restive as management grew increasingly more demanding.
restive = uneasy, impatient, and difficult to control
  • She grew restive during the discussion and finally began to collect her things to leave.
  • The government has done nothing to ease restrictions and manufacturers are growing increasingly restive.
  • [NUGGET mimes restiveness.]
    Peter Shaffer  --  Equus
  • restiveness = skittishness (tension, fidgeting, and desire to flee)
    (Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means the quality of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)
  • The brush along the road stirred restively under a new and unexpected population of gray tigers and gray bears.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Red Pony
  • restively = uneasily
  • Ma stirred restively, but she held her peace.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • restively = uneasily or impatiently
  • Lane was shifting restively in his chair,
    J.D. Salinger  --  Franny and Zooey
  • restively = uneasily or impatiently
  • Will stirred, restively.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Something Wicked This Way Comes
  • restively = uneasily or impatiently
  • They had all the more reason for doing so because the news of their defeat had spread across the countryside and made the animals on the neighboring farms more restive than ever.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • restive = impatient and difficult to control
  • Such remarks made Anne restive.
    Montgomery, Lucy Maud  --  Anne of The Island
  • The other swore at his restive horse, and then cleared his throat.
    Crane, Stephen  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • This afternoon she was peculiarly restive.
    Forster, E. M.  --  A Room With A View
  • "No," said Mr. Wegg, who was growing restive under this examination.
    Dickens, Charles  --  Our Mutual Friend
  • She became restive, insisted upon her rights, and finally announced her positive intention of going to a certain ball.
    Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • Very fortunately his horse, which was slightly restive, enabled him by a sudden plunge to conceal his agitation.
    Dumas, Alexandre  --  Ten Years Later
  • He was by nature powerful of thought and sensibility, and the creative spirit was restive and urgent.
    London, Jack  --  Martin Eden
  • [restively] I quite expect to get married in the course of the afternoon.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • He understands, their mother thought; and tried not to feel hurt by Catherine's restiveness.
    James Agee  --  A Death in the Family
  • (Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means the quality of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)
  • Mr Pancks was the third, and carried his hat under his arm for the liberation of his restive hair; the weather being extremely hot.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • Yet I am of opinion, this defect arises chiefly from a perverse, restive disposition; for they are cunning, malicious, treacherous, and revengeful.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver's Travels

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