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

Other Words from unyielding

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 Cities, especially in summer, can be punishing, whether with crowds, pollution, or unyielding heat amplified by acres of asphalt. Murray Whyte, BostonGlobe.com, 6 May 2022 The situation is complicated by the area’s unyielding geography, with Oakland squeezed in by the water on its western side and the hills rising up quickly to the east. Paul Berger, WSJ, 5 May 2022 By going after professionals, Texas made its pro-life grip even more unyielding. Brooklyn White, Essence, 2 May 2022 Their performances are deeply moving; Lebrun, with slow and precise gestures as well as a keen, unyielding gaze, conjures the emotional lucidity, the heart, that survives her character’s mind. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 28 Apr. 2022 That said, the current iteration could be doing with some of Maradona’s unyielding mentality. Emmet Gates, Forbes, 27 Apr. 2022 Over the course of the series, Pyre uncovers buried truths about the origins of his religion and the violent consequences of unyielding faith amid the real-life events which transpired within the Lafferty family. Angelique Jackson, Variety, 21 Apr. 2022 Making positive use of your maturity is inherently at odds with pop music’s unyielding search for the newer, younger thing. New York Times, 14 Mar. 2022 Then there’s the tragic opposite, in which a person comes out and finds immediate, unyielding aggression, no reaction short of punitive. Bryan Washington, The New Yorker, 12 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of unyielding

1565, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Unyielding.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unyielding. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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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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