I am a non-native speaker.

Think about a man who is sitting beside his wife in a hospital all along. Would unremitting be unsuitable to describe him?

The whole night through, the man sat unremittingly beside her.

I am asking because I looked up the definition for unremitting and found that both relentless and incessant are strong synonyms which I thought possess a rather negative connotation of rigidity, stubbornness or annoyance.

Edit: Note that I am not looking for alternatives or synonyms. I'm interested in a possible implication of something that may be disapproved of unremitting

  • I think you are looking for "constantly". or "continually".
    – user66974
    Sep 14, 2015 at 20:04
  • @Josh61 thanks but I'm not looking for alternatives, I merely want to know whether or not unremittingly sounds like he is stubborn or not. (Or has another negative implication) Sep 14, 2015 at 20:06
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    Acknowledging that you're not looking for alternatives, note that "ceaselessly" tends to express admiration whereas "incessant," as you've noted, suggests that you wish it would stop.
    – vstrong
    Sep 14, 2015 at 20:28

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It does have a mildly negative connotation (rather like incessant). This makes sense given the definition of remit: "exacting or inflicting (a debt or punishment)."


I am assuming that the man's wife is gravely ill in which case he probably is relentless in his belief that she will survive. He probably is incessant the she will pull through and he may very well be annoyed with the doctor's prognosis. It seems very suitable to me. If unremitting is in reference to his attitude about his wife's future, and not directed at his wife, then perhaps the negativity is what is intended.

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