un·yield·ing | \ˌən-ˈyēl-diŋ \

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 \ 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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Clay said, referring to the unyielding principle that every A.A. group is self-governed and fully autonomous. Katrine Jo Andersen, The New Republic, "Rejected by A.A.," 27 June 2018 That was the unyielding loyalty Bedouin breeders had sought to instill in their horses. Peter Gwin, WSJ, "The Horses That Changed History," 19 June 2018 Politico’s take: A last-minute effort to salvage a House GOP immigration bill appeared to flounder Tuesday, amid unyielding opposition from the far right. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "House Republicans Still Stuck on Doomed Immigration Bill," 26 June 2018 Of course, not all physicians are Dr. House in their unyielding exploration of every issue. Alexi Nazem, STAT, "Health care needs more physician CEOs like Atul Gawande," 13 July 2018 For people too unyielding or paralyzed to address their own health, there are almost no options. Carolyn Hax, Detroit Free Press, "Husband has severe anxiety about getting his driver’s license," 9 July 2018 For people too unyielding or paralyzed to address their own health, there are almost no options. Carolyn Hax, The Seattle Times, "Spouse sees divorce as a possibility if husband doesn’t get his driver’s license," 9 July 2018 Under Moyes a new Everton emerged; tougher, unyielding and greater than the sum of its parts. SI.com, "Why Everton Must Learn From Their History in Next Managerial Appointment or Be Doomed to Repeat it," 18 May 2018 The showdown has exposed a deep rancor in a tech giant that has become infamous for its head-turning cars, high-pressure workloads - and Musk, its unyielding boss. Drew Harwell, Anchorage Daily News, "Saboteur or whistleblower? Battle between Elon Musk and former Tesla employee turns ugly, exposing internal rancor," 22 June 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 \

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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