un·​yield·​ing ˌən-ˈyēl-diŋ How to pronounce unyielding (audio)
: characterized by firmness or obduracy
: characterized by lack of softness or flexibility
unyieldingly 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
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Word History

First Known Use

1565, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of unyielding was in 1565

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“Unyielding.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unyielding. Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

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un·​yield·​ing ˌən-ˈyē(ə)l-diŋ How to pronounce unyielding (audio)
: not soft or flexible : hard
: marked by firmness or stubbornness

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