Unbendingness

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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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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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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