Word of the Day: Restive


res-tive / rĕs-tĭv


1. restless; impatient, particularly of control or in response to delays or restraints; uneasy; unsettled; fidgety

She became restive, insisted upon her rights, and finally announced her positive intention of going to a certain ball.

From “The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, 1859 – 1930

2. obstinate; stubborn; refusing to follow commands or to move

This reply was made while Gurth was buckling on the, Knight’s heels a pair of large gilded spurs, capable of convincing any restive horse that his best safety lay in being conformable to the will of his rider.

From “Ivanhoe” by Sir Walter Scott, 1771 – 1832