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[oh-puh n-mahyn-did] /ˈoʊ pənˈmaɪn dɪd/
having or showing a mind receptive to new ideas or arguments.
unprejudiced; unbigoted; impartial.
Origin of open-minded
First recorded in 1820-30
Related forms
open-mindedly, adverb
open-mindedness, noun Unabridged
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  • He's a lawyer himself, but certainly not an open-minded one.

    Dear Enemy Jean Webster
  • The Japanese are open-minded and receptive of truth, from whatever quarter it may come.

    The Gist of Japan R. B. Peery
  • Unfortunately his Brother on the Bench was not so open-minded.

    Irish Witchcraft and Demonology

    St. John D. (St. John Drelincourt) Seymour
  • If this be so, every open-minded reader will better see the truth by comparison.

    English Secularism George Jacob Holyoake
  • I, who had ever been open-minded, must learn to keep my own counsel.

    The Wanderer's Necklace H. Rider Haggard
British Dictionary definitions for open-minded


having a mind receptive to new ideas, arguments, etc; unprejudiced
Derived Forms
open-mindedly, adverb
open-mindedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for open-minded

also openminded, open minded, 1828, first recorded in Carlyle; from open (adj.) + minded. Figurative use of open (adj.) with reference to hearts, hands, etc. is from early 15c. Related: Open-mindedly; open-mindedness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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