American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 2

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Author: Noah Webster

Restif

REST’IF, a. [L. resto.]

1. Unwilling to go, or only running back; obstinate in refusing to move forward; stubborn; as a restif steed. It seems originally to have been used of horses that would not be driven forward. It is sometimes written restive.

All who before him did ascend the throne, labor’d to draw three restive nations on.

2. Unyielding; as restif stubbornness.

3. Being at rest, or less in action. [Not in use.]

REST’IF, n. A stubborn horse.

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Chicago: Noah Webster Jr., "Restif," American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 2 in An American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 2 (New York: S. Converse, 1828), Original Sources, accessed January 20, 2020, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=4L45H39SADHNXSA.

MLA: Webster, Noah, Jr. "Restif." American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 2, in An American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 2, New York, S. Converse, 1828, Original Sources. 20 Jan. 2020. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=4L45H39SADHNXSA.

Harvard: Webster, N, 'Restif' in American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 2. cited in 1828, An American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 2, S. Converse, New York. Original Sources, retrieved 20 January 2020, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=4L45H39SADHNXSA.