un·​bend·​ing | \ˌən-ˈben-diŋ \

Definition of unbending 

1 : not bending : unyielding, inflexible an unbending will

2 : aloof or unsocial in manner : reserved

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Examples of unbending in a Sentence

He has an unbending will. the commanding officer's unbending reserve when dealing with subordinates

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Minutes after narrowly winning a no-confidence vote in parliament, the Socialist party leader signaled a change in tone and priorities from Rajoy’s unbending commitment to reducing the national debt during his more than six years as prime minister. Time, "Spain's New Leader Vows to Fight Corruption After Predecessor Mariano Rajoy's Ouster," 1 June 2018 Her unbending support was always noticed at each and every activity of her five children logging innumerable miles carpooling in her station wagon. Sun-Sentinel.com, "Deaths in South Florida: 7/1," 1 July 2018 Perhaps the most conspicuous surprise in Anshel Pfeffer's biography of Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel's long-serving but little-loved prime minister, who glowers from the cover, is his emergence from these pages as a man of unbending principle. Noga Tarnopolsky, latimes.com, "'Bibi' is a major biography of Benjamin Netanyahu. Anshel Pfeffer gets to the Israeli leader's core.," 27 Apr. 2018 Mr Rees-Mogg is popular on the right for the same reason that Mr Corbyn is popular on the left: voters read their refusal to become part of the blob as proof of their authenticity and unbending commitment to the truth. The Economist, "Jacob Rees-Mogg, pinstriped populist," 1 Feb. 2018 Throwing heavy leather and showing unbending upper-body strength, Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez staged a fight for the ages Saturday that the judges called a draw. Lance Pugmire, latimes.com, "Pound for pound, Canelo vs. GGG: Episode 5," 29 Sep. 2017 The Obama administration’s unbending approach to the application of the mandate contributed to the political backlash so evident throughout the 2016 election cycle. James C. Capretta, National Review, "Obama’s No-Exception HHS Mandate: An Unnecessary Fight that Backfired," 27 Oct. 2017 And there’s consistency — deep, unbending, unwavering consistency — in the approach. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "Ken Niumatalolo's consistent approach keeps Navy cruising ahead," 4 Oct. 2017 This unbending strategy of obstruction, demonization, and near-nullification was echoed in the party’s overall rhetoric toward Obama. Jamelle Bouie, Slate Magazine, "“It’s an Attack on Democracy”," 6 June 2017

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First Known Use of unbending

circa 1688, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for unbending

un- entry 1

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English Language Learners Definition of unbending

: not willing to change an opinion, decision, etc.

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