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 formsun·yield·ing·ly, adverbun·yield·ing·ness, noun
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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

  • There was a devilish cruelty in every line in his hard, unyielding features.

    The Night Riders

    Ridgwell Cullum

British Dictionary definitions for unyielding



not compliant, submissive, or flexiblehis unyielding attitude
not pliable or softa firm and unyielding surface
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Word Origin and History for unyielding

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

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