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RESTIVE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does restive mean? 

RESTIVE (adjective)
  The adjective RESTIVE has 2 senses:

1. being in a tense state
2. impatient especially under restriction or delay

  Familiarity information: RESTIVE used as an adjective is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


RESTIVE (adjective)


Sense 1restive [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Being in a tense state

Synonyms:

restive; overstrung; nervy; jumpy; uptight; in suspense; highly strung; high-strung; edgy; jittery

Similar:

tense (in or of a state of physical or nervous tension)


Sense 2restive [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Impatient especially under restriction or delay

Context example:

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

Similar:

impatient (restless or short of temper under delay or opposition)


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