1. inclined to give in; submissive; compliant: a timid, yielding man.
  2. tending to give way, especially under pressure; flexible; supple; pliable: a yielding mattress.
  3. (of a crop, soil, etc.) producing a yield; productive.

Origin of yielding

1300–50; Middle English: owing; see yield, -ing2
Related formsyield·ing·ly, adverbyield·ing·ness, nounnon·yield·ing, adjectiveun·yield·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for non-yielding


  1. compliant, submissive, or flexible
  2. pliable or softa yielding material
Derived Formsyieldingly, adverbyieldingness, noun
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