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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.
Related forms
unyieldingly, adverb
unyieldingness, noun Unabridged
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Examples for unyielding
  • Early on, he developed the unyielding willpower that would eventually help to destroy him.
  • Nonetheless, they're often unyielding about matters that should be public.
  • The unyielding progress of technology has brought us another gadget that fully does away with the idea of personal privacy.
  • Her unyielding optimism and generosity touched all who knew her.
  • Yet he is almost as famous for his unyielding personality.
  • And the characters are as silent and unyielding as the landscape.
  • Paid work is a stiff aspect of daily life and an unyielding necessity for people who pay their own bills.
  • Each said the other had disregarded federal regulations and proved unyielding in te negotiations, which began late last year.
  • They link as if a friend were needed to travel through this unyielding terrain.
  • We all make mistakes, and this one was his turn, that sort of pleasant but totally unyielding thing.
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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