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Restive vs. Restless

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  • Restive (adjective)

    Impatient under delay, duress, or control.

  • Restive (adjective)

    Resistant to control; stubborn.

  • Restive (adjective)

    Refusing to move, especially in a forward direction.

  • Restless (adjective)

    Not allowing or affording rest.

    "The night before his wedding was a restless one."

  • Restless (adjective)

    Without rest; unable to be moving.

    "He was a restless child."

    "She sat, restless and nervous, and tried to concentrate."

  • Restless (adjective)

    Not satisfied to be at rest or in peace; averse to repose; eager for change; discontented.

    "A restless ambition."

  • Restless (adjective)

    Deprived of rest or sleep.

    "They remained restless, sitting by the window the entire night."

Wiktionary
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  • Restive (adjective)

    Unwilling to go on; obstinate in refusing to move forward; stubborn; drawing back.

  • Restive (adjective)

    Inactive; sluggish.

  • Restive (adjective)

    Impatient under coercion, chastisement, or opposition; refractory.

  • Restive (adjective)

    Uneasy; restless; averse to standing still; fidgeting about; - applied especially to horses.

  • Restless (adjective)

    Never resting; unquiet; uneasy; continually moving; as, a restless child.

  • Restless (adjective)

    Not satisfied to be at rest or in peace; averse to repose or quiet; eager for change; discontented; as, restless schemers; restless ambition; restless subjects.

  • Restless (adjective)

    Deprived of rest or sleep.

  • Restless (adjective)

    Passed in unquietness; as, the patient has had a restless night.

  • Restless (adjective)

    Not affording rest; as, a restless chair.

Webster Dictionary
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  • Restive (adjective)

    being in a tense state

  • Restive (adjective)

    impatient especially under restriction or delay;

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

  • Restless (adjective)

    unable to relax or be still;

    "a constant fretful stamping of hooves"

    "itchy for excitement"

    "a restless child"

  • Restless (adjective)

    worried and uneasy

  • Restless (adjective)

    ceaselessly in motion;

    "the restless sea"

    "the restless wind"

  • Restless (adjective)

    marked by a lack of quiet; not conducive to rest;

    "spent a restless night"

    "fell into an uneasy sleep"

Princeton's WordNet
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