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[ri-lent-lis] /rɪˈlɛnt lɪs/
that does not relent; unyieldingly severe, strict, or harsh; unrelenting:
a relentless enemy.
1585-95; relent + -less
Related forms
relentlessly, adverb
relentlessness, noun
rigid, unbending, obdurate, adamant, unyielding. See inflexible.
merciful. Unabridged
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  • But they relentlessly pursue product improvement and continuing business innovation.
  • They live life as fiercely and relentlessly as it has ever been lived.
  • Eventually the roar fades as the swarm misses our scent, hurtling on relentlessly in the midday sun.
British Dictionary definitions for relentlessly


(of an enemy, hostile attitude, etc) implacable; inflexible; inexorable
(of pace or intensity) sustained; unremitting
Derived Forms
relentlessly, adverb
relentlessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for relentlessly



1590s, from relent + -less. Related: Relentlessly; relentlessness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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