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 But even if Trump, who campaigned on a pledge to extricate the U.S. from Mideast military conflicts, feels inclined to avoid a new war as his re-election approaches, there are political forces seeking to hold him to an unyielding stance on Iran. NBC News, "Iran leaves an off-ramp, and Trump seems inclined to take it," 8 Jan. 2020 This is someone who had inspired an entire generation of players with his unyielding competitiveness and acrobatic dunks. Connor Letourneau, SFChronicle.com, "Warriors grieve death of Kobe Bryant: ‘Their first mythical figure’ is gone," 26 Jan. 2020 Vonnegut was an unyielding advocate for free speech and the arts. The Economist, "A Kurt Vonnegut museum opens in Indianapolis," 14 Nov. 2019 Hepburn, in fact, with her brash charm and unyielding determination, can be thought of as an Alice Adams who prevailed. Robert Gottlieb, The New Yorker, "The Rise and Fall of Booth Tarkington," 4 Nov. 2019 Across the several varieties of posters and trailers, there are a few common threads: there’s Cynthia Erivo as Tubman, there’s her unyielding stare and there’s her gun. Erica Armstrong Dunbar, Time, "The True Story of Harriet Tubman Shows That Sometimes Running Is as Brave as Fighting," 1 Nov. 2019 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

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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/unyieldingly?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=u&file=unyiel02. Accessed 22 Feb. 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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