inclined to give in; submissive; compliant: a timid, yielding man.
tending to give way, especially under pressure; flexible; supple; pliable: a yielding mattress.
(of a crop, soil, etc.) producing a yield; productive.

1300–50; Middle English: owing; see yield, -ing2

yieldingly, adverb
yieldingness, noun
nonyielding, adjective
unyielding, adjective
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yielding (ˈjiːldɪŋ)
1.  compliant, submissive, or flexible
2.  pliable or soft: a yielding material

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O.E. geldan (Anglian), gieldan (W.Saxon) "to pay" (class III strong verb; past tense geald, p.p. golden), from P.Gmc. *geldanan "pay" (cf. O.S. geldan "to be worth," O.N. gjaldo "to repay, return," M.Du. ghelden, Du. gelden "to cost, be worth, concern," O.H.G. geltan, Ger. gelten "to be worth," Goth.
fra-gildan "to repay, requite"), perhaps from PIE *ghel-to- "I pay," found only in Balto-Slavic and Gmc., unless O.C.S. zledo, Lith. geliuoti are Gmc. loan-words. Sense developed in Eng. via use to translate L. reddere, Fr. rendre, and had expanded by c.1300 to "repay, return, render (service), produce, surrender." Related to M.L.G. and M.Du. gelt, Du. geld, Ger. Geld "money." Earliest Eng. sense survives in financial "yield from investments." The noun is O.E. gield "payment, sum of money;" extended sense of "production" (as of crops) is first attested c.1440. Yielding in sense of "giving way to physical force" is recorded from 1665.
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yield definition

The income from a fixed-income security as a percentage of its market price. For example, if the market price of a bond declines, its yield rises.

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