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

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But there was a time when the line between private and public was unyielding and those who crossed it faced censure. Nancy Mcdonell, WSJ, "The Surprisingly Rich History of Women’s Underwear as Outerwear," 13 Nov. 2018 This is because my only experience of horses involves leaving them at high speed to be greeted by an unyielding turf. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Horses may understand human emotion, especially anger," 6 Sep. 2018 Now, in their 40s, they’ve been hit with a double whammy—infertility that promises to be unyielding, at least in the normal course of events, and careers that have failed to thrive. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘Private Life’ Review: A Couple in Creative Crisis," 4 Oct. 2018 One hope for Yemenis is that the international fallout from the death of the Saudi dissident, Khashoggi, which has damaged Prince Mohammed’s international standing, might force him to relent in his unyielding prosecution of the war. Declan Walsh, The Seattle Times, "The tragedy of Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen," 26 Oct. 2018 Graham, who has been outspoken and unyielding his defense of Kavanaugh, on Tuesday acknowledged that the Senate might reject Kavanaugh’s nomination. Emily Stewart, Vox, "The past 24 hours in Brett Kavanaugh news, explained," 3 Oct. 2018 Clementine had found a new home, and Telltale seemed to have found the perfect way to create something new in the unyielding world of The Walking Dead. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "How The Walking Dead studio changed video game storytelling for the better," 24 Sep. 2018 The second law of thermodynamics—which holds that entropy (disorder) always increases in a closed system—is one of the most unyielding laws of physics. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Penn State scientists build quantum version of Maxwell’s demon," 12 Sep. 2018 The most unique items in the Sporting Dog kit are the skin staple gun, which can be used to seal deep wounds, and the pill gun to assist in administering medications to unyielding pets. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, "The 7 Best First Aid Kits For Any Situation," 26 July 2018

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First Known Use of unyielding

1565, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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