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[ adjective ] being in a tense state

Used in print

(Ann Hebson, The Lattimer Legend....)

The men were restive , he wrote , ready to take the battle to the enemy as Jackson wished .

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tense

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[ adjective ] being in a tense state

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tense

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[ adjective ] impatient especially under restriction or delay

Examples

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

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impatient

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