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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 res·tive /ˈrɛstɪv/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Rest·ive a.  . 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. [Obs.]
 3. Impatient under coercion, chastisement, or opposition; refractory.
 4. Uneasy; restless; averse to standing still; fidgeting about; -- applied especially to horses.
 -- Rest*ive, adv. -- Rest*ive*ness, n.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj 1: being in a tense state [syn: edgy, high-strung, highly
             strung, in suspense(p), jittery, jumpy, nervy,
              overstrung, uptight]
      2: impatient especially under restriction or delay; "the
         government has done nothing to ease restrictions and
         manufacturers are growing restive"