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

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

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".

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