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  1. unable to bend or be penetrated under pressure; hard: trees so unyielding that they broke in the harsh north winds.
  2. 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

  • Soft—yes, it was soft, but the way sand is soft, unyieldingly.

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

    Marjorie Dean

    Pauline Lester

  • "For that reason, play the part with all your might," he said, unyieldingly.

    Lady Rose's Daughter

    Mrs. Humphry Ward

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

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

British Dictionary definitions for unyieldingly


  1. not compliant, submissive, or flexiblehis unyielding attitude
  2. 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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