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 unyieldingly (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 Just like Angus Young and his band mates, Sanders, early on, found his niche, stuck with it and delivers it with unyielding commitment and no-frills passion. Gilbert Garcia, ExpressNews.com, "Why Bernie Sanders has the Democratic field running scared," 11 Jan. 2020 His unyielding competitiveness and perimeter shot-making skills give him a chance to become a franchise difference-maker. Connor Letourneau, SFChronicle.com, "Warriors’ NBA draft outlook: How would top prospects fit with Golden State?," 3 Jan. 2020 Therefore, Antetokounmpo has attacked everything with unyielding focus, ranging from team drills, shooting workouts and film sessions. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, "NBA hot topics: Is Giannis Antetokounmpo on repeat MVP path? Will Melo maintain momentum?," 5 Dec. 2019 Since the Warriors made him the youngest player in G League history last season, Smailagic has intrigued talent evaluators with his passing ability, 3-point range and unyielding confidence. Connor Letourneau, SFChronicle.com, "Alen Smailagic’s NBA debut reinforces why Warriors are so high on him," 28 Dec. 2019 Her face threatens to crack under the dual pressures of enacting quotidian violence and suppressing her own emotions afterward; her back is an unyielding plane. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "Clemency Explores the Toll of Making a Living From Death," 28 Dec. 2019 Yurachek pointed to Pittman's passion and his unyielding desire to want to be at Arkansas as key factors in hiring the former Razorbacks' offensive line coach Dec. 8. Arkansas Online, "TOP 10 ARKANSAS SPORTS STORIES OF 2019: UA’s firing of high-profile coaches dominated news cycle," 26 Dec. 2019 Bryant was unyielding as a shooting guard and O’Neal was a power down low. Los Angeles Times, "NBA preview: LeBron and AD are Lakers’ perfect power couple," 22 Oct. 2019 Clerks, medical assistants, nurses, doctors, phlebotomists, social workers, billing specialists, and others labored over their computers, struggling to fit the human patients standing before them into an unyielding electronic pegboard. Danielle Ofri, STAT, "The EMR has changed the doctor-patient duet into a ménage-à-trois," 31 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of unyielding

1565, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Unyielding.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unyielding. Accessed 24 January 2020.

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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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