unbending

adjective
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

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 result has been a most uncivil war, not fought over ideology, but over loyalty to the former president; not over public policy or economic solutions, but about who can serve as the most unbending conduit of the Republican base’s profound anger. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 18 Feb. 2022 Adding to McConnell's unbending position on the debt ceiling is Democrats' efforts to pass a sweeping $3.5 trillion package that would expand the social safety net and combat climate change. Melissa Quinn, CBS News, 1 Oct. 2021 His voice was deep, brawny, and plaintive; his look delicate but unbending and intense. Joshua Rothman, The New Yorker, 8 Aug. 2021 Taking fright, however, was not in his character, Mr. Putsila said in an interview at the office of Nexta, the opposition news organization where Mr. Protasevich established himself as one of Mr. Lukashenko’s most effective and unbending critics. New York Times, 25 May 2021 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, 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, 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, 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, 31 Mar. 2020 See More

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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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“Unbending.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unbending. Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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