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[seer-ee-uh s-mahyn-did] /ˈsɪər i əsˈmaɪn dɪd/
characterized by seriousness of intention, purpose, thought, etc.; earnest.
Origin of serious-minded
First recorded in 1835-45
Related forms
serious-mindedly, adverb
serious-mindedness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • He saw his duty plainly; he was serious-minded; he had no sense of humour.

    Blazed Trail Stories Stewart Edward White
  • His attitude was comically that of a serious-minded European tourist.

  • A serious-minded maid served them with salad and thin bread-and-butter.

    Lorraine Robert W. Chambers
  • He was a very steady, serious-minded person, and yet full of life and fun.

    Will Weatherhelm W.H.G. Kingston
  • It's the funniest strike that ever happened to a serious-minded sex.

    The Gay Rebellion Robert W. Chambers
  • And then he is a serious-minded man now, is Monsieur Georges.

  • They were grown up, too serious-minded to act such a comedy.

    Comrade Yetta Albert Edwards
  • The serious-minded housemaid is not content to do what she is told to do.

  • Grant was the most serious-minded of the four and everything he did he did with all his heart.

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