Restive

Definition of Restive

Rest´ive   Pronunciation: r?st´?v
a.1.Unwilling to go on; obstinate in refusing to move forward; stubborn; drawing back.
Restive or resty, drawing back, instead of going forward, as some horses do.
- E. Philips (1658).
The people remarked with awe and wonder that the beasts which were to drag him [Abraham Holmes] to the gallows became restive, and went back.
- Macaulay.
2.Inactive; sluggish.
3.Impatient under coercion, chastisement, or opposition; refractory.
4.Uneasy; restless; averse to standing still; fidgeting about; - applied especially to horses.

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