I was doing some exercises where I had a chart with a mixture of words which I had to use to complete some sentences. One sentence looked like this:
Both parties were becoming...................waiting for the mediation proceedings to begin.
I thought that the correct answer would be "restless", yet according to the answer key it is "restive".
From what I have managed to find out it appears that:
- restless - unable to rest, relax, or remain still
- restive - difficult to control or impatient in the face of restraint or authority
So to me, contrary to what the answer key says, "restless" seems to be the correct answer.
However, I also read that:
Restive is often merely a synonym for restless.
But even if the above is true and "restive" can be used as a synynom for "restless", why does the answer key deem "restless" as incorrect in the given example? It makes no sense. Is there something I don't get?