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[uhn-yeel-ding] /ʌnˈyil dɪŋ/
unable to bend or be penetrated under pressure; hard:
trees so unyielding that they broke in the harsh north winds.
not apt to give way under pressure; inflexible; firm:
her unyielding faith.
Origin of unyielding
Related forms
unyieldingly, adverb
unyieldingness, noun Unabridged
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  • If it is properly put together it will remain rigid and unyielding.

    Flying Machines W.J. Jackman and Thos. H. Russell
  • Peaceful studied his face, found it stern and unyielding, and nodded assent.

    Good Indian B. M. Bower
  • But one answer--a stern, unyielding NO--will be given to all such proposals.

  • As she took him she felt the chill of the stiff, unyielding small body.

    Jan and Her Job L. Allen Harker
  • Then, after a while, he sat looking out of the window with a hard, unyielding stare.

    The Night Riders Ridgwell Cullum
British Dictionary definitions for unyielding


not compliant, submissive, or flexible: his unyielding attitude
not pliable or soft: a firm and unyielding surface
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for unyielding

1590s of persons; 1650s, of substances; from un- (1) "not" + yielding (see yield (v.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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