unbending definition by Webster's New World
not bending; specif.,
- rigid; stiff
- firm; resolute
- aloof; austere
a relaxation of restraint, severity, etc.
Origin: ; from unbend
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- unbendingly adverb
unbending definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Not yielding; inflexible: an unbending will to dominate.
- Aloof and often antisocial; extremely reserved: an unbending manner.
- un·bendˈing·ly adverb
Variant of unbend
transitive verb unbent or unbended, unbending
- to release (a bow, etc.) from strain or tension
- to relax (the mind) from strain or effort
- to straighten (something bent or crooked)
- to loosen or unfasten (a rope, sail, etc.)
- to untie (a rope)
Origin: Middle English unbenden: see un- and amp; bend
- to become straight or less bent
- to become free from constraint, stiffness, or severity; relax and be less formal, more natural, etc.