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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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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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