Restive is an adjective that is used to describe feeling bored or impatient whilst waiting for something to happen or change. Unable to stay still, silent. restless, uneasy. Stubborn. Refuse to proceed or move forward.


  1. The stress of his trial, the following morning, left him a ‘restive’ night.
  2. The audience was becoming ‘restive’ whilst they awaiting the speech of the newly elected leader of their country.
  3. She used her ‘restive’ nature to her advantage by ultimately channeling her energy into a new business venture.

306 Global Words

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This