unbending

[uhn-ben-ding]
adjective
1.
not bending or curving; inflexible; rigid.
2.
refusing to yield or compromise; resolute.
3.
austere or formal; aloof.

Origin:
1545–55; un-1 + bending

unbendingly, adverb
unbendingness, noun
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unbend

[uhn-bend]
verb (used with object), unbent or (Archaic) unbended, unbending.
1.
to straighten from a bent form or position.
2.
to release from the strain of formality, intense effort, etc.; relax: to unbend one's mind.
3.
to release from tension, as a bow.
4.
Nautical.
a.
to loose or untie, as a sail or rope.
b.
to unfasten from spars or stays, as sails.
verb (used without object), unbent or (Archaic) unbended, unbending.
5.
to relax the strictness of formality or ceremony; act in an easy, genial manner: Imagine him unbending!
6.
to become unbent; straighten.

Origin:
1200–50; Middle English; see un-2, bend1

unbendable, adjective
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unbend (ʌnˈbɛnd)
 
vb , -bends, -bending, -bent
1.  to release or be released from the restraints of formality and ceremony
2.  informal to relax (the mind) or (of the mind) to become relaxed
3.  to become or be made straightened out from an originally bent shape or position
4.  (tr) nautical
 a.  to remove (a sail) from a stay, mast, yard, etc
 b.  to untie (a rope, etc) or cast (a cable) loose
 
un'bendable
 
adj

unbending (ʌnˈbɛndɪŋ)
 
adj
1.  rigid or inflexible
2.  characterized by sternness or severity: an unbending rule
 
un'bendingly
 
adv
 
un'bendingness
 
n

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Word Origin & History

unbend
"to relax a bow by unstringing it," mid-13c., from un- (2) + bend. Figurative meaning "to become genial, relax" (1748) has a sense opposite to that of unbending "inflexible, obstinate" (1680s), which does not derive from the bowstringing image.
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Example sentences
And so my formal introduction to the almost unbending insistence to stick to
  the exact itinerary.
My uncle had become still more unbending from domestic sufferings.
He has a reputation for honesty and an unbending refusal to countenance
  corruption or pork-barrel politics.
He was unbending, and our arguments became circular.
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