The Closing Word: Restive

The Closing Word: RestiveThis week we continue our vocabulary-building series, “The Closing Word.” Each week we provide a new word to help build your vocabulary and show you an example of how to use it.

This week’s closing word:


Pronounced: (RESS-tiv)

1. being in a tense state
2. impatient especially under restriction or delay

From “It’s not only people who can be restive: the world suffers from much turmoil, and there are restive areas, where people are unhappy or oppressed and desperate for change. It’s that need for change and movement that makes someone restive or eager to move, frustrated at being stuck in one place. This sense of being stuck is obvious in the history of the word, which was first used in the 15th century. It evolved from the Anglo-French adjective restif, which meant “refusing to move ahead.” Picture a restive horse, refusing to take a jump.”

“Communicating clearly with clients about the process of buying or selling a home can mitigate the number of restive periods, where normal delays foster anxiety and impatience.”


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