Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The state or character of being restive, in any sense.

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  • noun The characteristic of being restive.

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  • noun the anxious feeling you have when you have the jitters
  • noun characterized by nervousness and quickness to take fright

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Examples

  • "And Allison Clyde," she finished her announcement: "but you won't mind her," she added, recalling the restiveness of the present generation under boredom.

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  • Certainly one senses in the book's implied author, as well as in its heroine, a disillusionment with the value our culture attributes to literature, a strong feeling that, in Marianne Moore's words, "there are things that are important beyond all this fiddle," and a kind of restiveness at being regarded as "a writer of world importance."

    Disturbing the Peace

  • You mentioned there's a kind of restiveness that was apparent by the time you were named acting President.

    Oral History Interview with William C. Friday, November 19, 1990. Interview L-0144. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007)

  • Kingsley Bangwell, Founder of Youngstars Foundation International and an Ashoka Fellow, spoke passionately about the role of youth in fighting corruption and "restiveness" in the Niger-Delta.

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  • Such restiveness among conservatives also portends a volatile and unpredictable nomination race as Republicans with similar policy positions try to convince skeptics they alone can unite a cultural, economic and security-focused right - and win.

    Conservatives Cautious On 2012 Pick

  • It is a distinct and undesirable possibility that the intensifying sectarian Sunni-Alawite confrontation in areas adjacent to the Syrian-Turkish border could lead to a movement of Alawite refugees to Turkey, and an ensuing restiveness among the Alawites there.

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  • That has been the manner of his going, although, of course, he was driven on by restiveness and lust for booty.

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  • It is a distinct and undesirable possibility that the intensifying sectarian Sunni-Alawite confrontation in areas adjacent to the Syrian-Turkish border could lead to a movement of Alawite refugees to Turkey, and an ensuing restiveness among the Alawites there.

    Dr. Josef Olmert: Possible Collapse of Assad and Regional Implications

  • He was slimly built but had a coiled restiveness about him, like a spring waiting to stretch.

    Exit the Actress

  • * Patriot Act failure a sign of restiveness within GOP ranks: Paul Kane and Felicia Sonmez have the overview of yesterday's defeat of the extension of key Patriot Act provisions, which reveals a "sizable resistance to compromise" from Tea Party freshmen and other House conservatives.

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