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[uhn-yeel-ding] /ʌnˈyil dɪŋ/
unable to bend or be penetrated under pressure; hard:
trees so unyielding that they broke in the harsh north winds.
not apt to give way under pressure; inflexible; firm:
her unyielding faith.
Origin of unyielding
Related forms
unyieldingly, adverb
unyieldingness, noun Unabridged
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  • But under the seething surface—first visible to the casual glance—was a substratum as pure as it was solid and unyielding.

  • If it is properly put together it will remain rigid and unyielding.

    Flying Machines W.J. Jackman and Thos. H. Russell
  • He was staring hard at Baumberger, and his whole face had sharpened till it had the cold, unyielding look of an Indian.

    Good Indian B. M. Bower
  • But one answer--a stern, unyielding NO--will be given to all such proposals.

  • The lock was evidently a strong one—the door held firm and unyielding, though she threw against it her entire weight.

    The Blue Lights Arnold Fredericks
British Dictionary definitions for unyielding


not compliant, submissive, or flexible: his unyielding attitude
not pliable or soft: a firm and unyielding surface
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for unyielding

1590s of persons; 1650s, of substances; from un- (1) "not" + yielding (see yield (v.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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