yield·​ing ˈyēl-diŋ How to pronounce yielding (audio)
: productive
a high-yielding wheat
: lacking rigidity or stiffness : flexible
: disposed to submit or comply
a docile and yielding temperament

Examples of yielding in a Sentence

She has a gentle, yielding temperament. The seat was made with a soft and yielding material.
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Word History

First Known Use

1533, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of yielding was in 1533

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“Yielding.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/yielding. Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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yield·​ing ˈyēl-diŋ How to pronounce yielding (audio)
: not rigid or stiff : flexible
a yielding mass
: tending to give in to the wishes of another
a cheerful yielding nature

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