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synonyms for restive

  • agitated
  • fractious
  • jittery
  • recalcitrant
  • restless
  • tense
  • uneasy
  • unruly
  • balky
  • contrary
  • edgy
  • fidgety
  • fretful
  • froward
  • ill at ease
  • jumpy
  • nervy
  • obstinate
  • on edge
  • ornery
  • perverse
  • refractory
  • stubborn
  • unyielding
  • uptight
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antonyms for restive

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  • easy-going
  • laid-back
  • obedient
  • calm
  • collected
  • patient
  • relaxed
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How to use restive in a sentence

Curiously, the way Below Zero oscillates from long restive stretches between points of interest to short bursts of perilous activity absorbed my attention in ways many more-frenzied popular horror games don’t.
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Workers had to sign a “Conditions of Employment” slip that listed “agitation” and “insubordination” as grounds for firing, and those living in the company town risked losing their home if they were seen as being too restive.
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International border tensions have defined the restive region, which has been heavily militarized, with civil protests and terror attacks over several decades.
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A handsome soldier on a restive bay mare came next, and behind him a huge touring car with a pompous black chauffeur.
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Long grass bordered the road on either side, and Barrington's horse suddenly shied and became restive.
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Even the platform supporters grew restive unconsciously, and stirred and coughed.
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Whatever court he went to (and he was often obliged to go to restive and refractory ones) he brought them into his measures.
BLACKWOOD'S EDINBURGH MAGAZINE, VOL 58, NO. 357, JULY 1845VARIOUS
But sometimes, as now, she was restive under his too close scrutiny.
QUINALICE HEGAN RICE
“More easily said than done, old codger,” hiccoughed Robson, essaying to get across the back of a restive mule.
HURRICANE HURRYW.H.G. KINGSTON
Whenever the wretches mutinied, or grew restive, they were put down in the hold and the hatches closed.
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