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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Historical Examples of unyieldingly

  • "The Caryatid" is no more the erect figure that bears lightly or unyieldingly the heaviness of the marble.

    Auguste Rodin

    Rainer Maria Rilke

  • That his tastes, so far as music is concerned, were rigidly and unyieldingly classical, there is no room for doubt.

  • The Little Doctor struggled to release herself from the arms which held her unyieldingly and tenderly.

  • In spite of her usual good-nature she was unyieldingly stubborn.

    Marjorie Dean

    Pauline Lester

  • He had been severe, almost to cruelty, but he had been quite as unyieldingly austere in dealing with himself.

    The White Sister

    F. Marion Crawford

British Dictionary definitions for unyieldingly



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



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

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