Restive vs. Restless

Restive vs. Restless — Is There a Difference?

Difference Between Restive and Restless

Restiveadjective

Uneasily impatient or hard to control under restriction, opposition, criticism, or delay

Passengers on board the delayed airliner began to grow restive.

Restlessadjective

Characterized by a lack of quiet, repose, or rest

spent a restless night.

Restiveadjective

Characterized by impatience or an absence of calm; unsettled

had a restive feeling that something wasn't quite right.

Restlessadjective

Not able to rest, relax, or be still

a restless child.

Restiveadjective

Refusing to move. Used of a horse or other animal.

Restlessadjective

Having or showing a persistent desire for change or action

"A restless feeling of guilt would always be present with him" (James Joyce).

Restiveadjective

Impatient under delay, duress, or control.

Restlessadjective

Never still or motionless

the restless sea.

Restiveadjective

Resistant to control; stubborn.

Restlessadjective

Not allowing or affording rest.

The night before his wedding was a restless one.

Restiveadjective

Refusing to move, especially in a forward direction.

Restlessadjective

Without rest; unable to be still or quiet; uneasy; continually moving.

He was a restless child.She sat, restless and nervous, and tried to concentrate.

Restiveadjective

being in a tense state

Restlessadjective

Not satisfied to be at rest or in peace; averse to repose; eager for change; discontented.

A restless ambition.

Restiveadjective

impatient especially under restriction or delay;

the government has done nothing to ease restrictions and manufacturers are growing restive

Restlessadjective

Deprived of rest or sleep.

They remained restless, sitting by the window the entire night.

Restlessadjective

unable to relax or be still;

a constant fretful stamping of hoovesitchy for excitementa restless child

Restlessadjective

worried and uneasy

Restlessadjective

ceaselessly in motion;

the restless seathe restless wind

Restlessadjective

marked by a lack of quiet; not conducive to rest;

spent a restless nightfell into an uneasy sleep