1

I check it on the dictionary, and it says that attitude ,belief, expression does not change.So I do not understand whether it means positive or negative or it depends on the context.

For example,'A child has unwavering belief in him'. I take it both a positive and a negative meaning, It is a good thing to believe in themselves, but having too much confidence in probably leads to downside.

  • That depends on the context. Positive or negative, the "attitude, etc." is just not changing. Adding an example to your question might help. – user3169 Feb 27 '16 at 3:29
  • What kind of belief? Who is him? – shawnt00 Feb 27 '16 at 7:04
1

Agreeing with V.V. that although "un" is typical negative, many times "unwavering" is used positively.

I would even say that those in the U.S. think of and use this word mostly in a positive manner, meaning the person is determined and won't let anyone or anything deter him/her from their goal.

Some common uses are...

  1. She is unwavering in her faith.
    (meaning she will not let anything pull her away from God)

  2. I'm sorry, but I cannot do what you're asking. This is unethical. I will not waver in my decision.
    (here we use "will not waiver")

However, when we want something that someone is not giving us, we could use the word in a negative context.

  1. COWORKER 1: My manager is very tight with the budget and will not let me purchase a second monitor. COWORKER 2: Have you tried telling her how much more productive you will be? COWORKER 1: Yes, but she is unwavering in her decision. I'm wasn't able to change her mind.

I hope this helps!

  • Thank you for your clear explanation! I understand perfectly. – colona Feb 28 '16 at 19:43
0

Although "un-" is negative, the meaning doesn't necessarily depend on the word but on the context. In your example (and in most cases) it is positive "steady".

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.