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Date: 1500-1600
Language: Old French
Origin: restif 'refusing to move', from rester; REST1

restive

adjective
     
res‧tive written
dissatisfied or bored with your situation, and impatient for it to change:
Communist leaders struggled to rule over increasingly restive populations.
restively adverb
restiveness noun [uncountable]

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