un·​bend·​ing | \ ˌən-ˈben-diŋ How to pronounce unbending (audio) \

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
Recent Examples on the Web The unbending taskmaster had been in trouble for weeks because of the team’s sagging record and several questionable roster moves. Mark Long, The Denver Post, "Jaguars fire Tom Coughlin amid 3rd season, following NFLPA shot," 18 Dec. 2019 To see that unbending philosophy adopted by a Thai chef, whose cuisine is so often characterized by its culinary floppiness, feels fresh and subversive. Soleil Ho, SFChronicle.com, "Bold and fearless, Nari is SF’s most exciting new restaurant," 14 Nov. 2019 After all, those of us born under the fifth astrological sign are known for being passionate, obstinate, and unbending, with a taste for the finer things and just a touch of the imperious. Adam Rathe, Town & Country, "Royal Rebel: Helena Bonham Carter on The Crown and Playing Princess Margaret," 12 Nov. 2019 By the spring of 2011, the opposition to Ms. Warren becoming permanent director was unbending. Alexander Burns, New York Times, "Elizabeth Warren Lost Her Dream Job but Gained a Path to 2020," 21 Sep. 2019 Hassan Fazili is an Afghan refugee under maximum duress, fleeing the eye of the Taliban and seeking asylum for himself and his family in the face of unbending bureaucracies. Doreen St. Félix, The New Yorker, "“Midnight Traveler” Expands the Narrative of the Refugee Documentary," 17 Sep. 2019 Johnson, who praised Trump for America's economic performance, also chided the U.S. leader for his unbending China policy. Fortune, "Trump Regrets Not Taxing China More, White House Says," 25 Aug. 2019 The flat, unbending parts were made of a passive polymer while the folds, or hinges, were made with liquid crystal elastomer, which can dramatically expand and contract when exposed to the right temperature. Los Angeles Times, "This 3D-printed robot assembles itself and then rolls away," 22 Aug. 2019 But in the last decade, and especially in the Xi era, the Party has reasserted unbending control over Chinese politics and much of private Chinese life. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Why Hong Kong Matters," 13 June 2019

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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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The first known use of unbending was circa 1688

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28 Dec 2019

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“Unbending.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unbending. Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of unbending

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

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