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 Extremists in Afghanistan, in essence, control both sides of that equation — keeping up the violence to help their position in talks now, while holding to their goal of a return to an unbending Islamic rule later. Mujib Mashal, New York Times, "Her Study Center Was Bombed. She Still Topped Afghanistan’s National University Exam.," 25 Sep. 2020 Her unfailing sense of justice reminded us of its awesome power, and her unbending sense of duty reminded us to remain committed to protecting our democracy, our Constitution and the rule of law. Free Press Staff, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan remembers Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: She 'answered the call' for workers," 19 Sep. 2020 Gill’s unbending political will reinforced the authority of the Anchorage Board of Health, enabling later officials to act decisively when needed. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, "Scarlet fever, diptheria, polio: How the 1918-19 influenza pandemic shaped the way Alaskans faced other outbreaks," 11 May 2020 But, at the same time, given the unbending nature of NFL owners, the stance of soldiering on until circumstances dictate otherwise makes perfect sense. Mike Jones, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Amid coronavirus uncertainty, NFL resolute in staying the course for 2020 season — for now," 31 Mar. 2020 Even left-wing journalists who made fun of his unbending social conservatism grew to respect him. John Fund, National Review, "Mr. Coburn Went to Washington and Left a Remarkable Example," 29 Mar. 2020 The images, a testament to a mother’s unbending love and overwhelming devotion, told a story more clearly than words ever could. Christopher Hartnick, STAT, "How Instagram gave hope to a mother — and her daughter’s doctor," 13 Mar. 2020 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

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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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“Unbending.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unbending. Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of unbending

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

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