un·​yield·​ing | \ ˌən-ˈyēl-diŋ How to pronounce unyielding (audio) \

Definition of unyielding

1 : characterized by firmness or obduracy
2 : characterized by lack of softness or flexibility

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unyieldingly \ ˌən-​ˈyēl-​diŋ-​lē How to pronounce unyielding (audio) \ adverb

Examples of unyielding in a Sentence

the pioneers faced the challenge of settling the frontier with unyielding courage knead the dough until it feels reasonably unyielding
Recent Examples on the Web Edward Wytkind said Willis built relationships across the aisle, among union leaders and with presidential administrations, and knew when to be unyielding and when to compromise. Washington Post, "Larry Willis, head of federation of transportation workers, dies in bike accident," 1 Dec. 2020 Greene has been an unyielding supporter of former President Donald Trump. Stephanie Toone, ajc, "Mitch McConnell slams Marjorie Taylor Greene as ‘cancer’ to GOP," 2 Feb. 2021 The nature of the Old Firm, too — both the size and scope of its clubs, with their vast stadiums, global fan bases, rich histories and unyielding enmity — distorts the reality of Scottish soccer. New York Times, "Old Rivals, New Ideas and Why Some Clubs Are Reluctant to Try," 29 Jan. 2021 Whether Caligula got a raw deal from history is a subject of unyielding debate. Star Tribune, "Caligula's garden of delights, unearthed and restored," 14 Jan. 2021 Yet most lo-fi YouTube channels traffic in beats that are smooth and polished, delivered in an unyielding, unobtrusive ooze. Hua Hsu, The New Yorker, "The Obsessive Beat-Making of Madlib," 18 Jan. 2021 The self-doubt that plagued him during inconsistent stints two seasons ago with the Hawks and Raptors has given way to an unyielding hunger to face the world’s best competition. Connor Letourneau, SFChronicle.com, "Why Jeremy Lin turned down millions in China to play for Warriors’ G League team," 15 Jan. 2021 The response underscores the extensive, unyielding support for President Trump, even after a mob of supporters attacked the Capitol as lawmakers met to affirm the election of the next president. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "After police chief’s attendance at Capitol rally, a New Hampshire town has its own Trump controversy," 14 Jan. 2021 The idea that work sucks and ease must be gamed out of an unyielding system is a profoundly American one. Katie Mcdonough, The New Republic, "The Long Plot to Escape From Work," 4 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of unyielding

1565, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of unyielding was in 1565

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20 Feb 2021

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“Unyielding.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unyielding. Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of unyielding

: not changing or stopping
: not flexible or soft


un·​yield·​ing | \ ˌən-ˈyēl-diŋ How to pronounce unyielding (audio) \

Kids Definition of unyielding

1 : not soft or flexible : hard He threw himself against the unyielding door …— Lloyd Alexander, Time Cat
2 : showing or having firmness or determination an unyielding belief

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