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[brawd-mahyn-did] /ˈbrɔdˈmaɪn dɪd/
free from prejudice or bigotry; unbiased; liberal; tolerant.
Origin of broad-minded
First recorded in 1590-1600
Related forms
broad-mindedly, adverb
broad-mindedness, noun
open-minded, catholic, flexible; permissive.
narrow-minded, biased, bigoted, intolerant. Unabridged
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  • None of these “broad-minded women” were ever intended for Mr. Ideal.

  • And I should think that as a broad-minded and generous woman you could forgive me.

    The Jucklins Opie Read
  • But Christendom in the mass has never rationally considered this question from a broad-minded and liberal aspect!

  • You are known to be rich—I mean cultured and progressive and broad-minded.

    Cap'n Dan's Daughter Joseph C. Lincoln
  • His scheme is so noble and broad-minded that I can not refrain from detailing it.

    The Great American Fraud Samuel Hopkins Adams
  • She was broad-minded—the breadth and depth of perfect health and a clean heart.

    Garrison's Finish W. B. M. Ferguson
  • The real character and importance of these movements have been appreciated by broad-minded historians.

    Influences of Geographic Environment Ellen Churchill Semple
British Dictionary definitions for broad-minded


tolerant of opposing viewpoints; not prejudiced; liberal
not easily shocked by permissive sexual habits, pornography, etc
Derived Forms
broad-mindedly, adverb
broad-mindedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for broad-minded

1590s; see broad (adj.) + minded. This abstract mental sense of broad existed in Old English; e.g. bradnes "breadth," also "liberality."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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