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

    Cap'n Dan's Daughter Joseph C. Lincoln
  • He was broad-minded, great-hearted enough not to censure the girl by word or act.

    Garrison's Finish W. B. M. Ferguson
  • She was broad-minded—the breadth and depth of perfect health and a clean heart.

    Garrison's Finish W. B. M. Ferguson
  • Ay, but the Bishop was too generous and broad-minded to remember that now.

    The Nebuly Coat John Meade Falkner
  • English people are too sensible and broad-minded to suspect harm where there is none.

    Good Old Anna Marie Belloc Lowndes
  • It was time, thought some, for these broad-minded men to have their due reward.

  • It is hard to mention a nobler instance of broad-minded charity.

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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