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[sing-guh l-mahyn-did] /ˈsɪŋ gəlˈmaɪn dɪd/
having or showing a single aim or purpose:
a single-minded program.
dedicated; resolute; steadfast:
He was single-minded in his concern for truth.
Origin of single-minded
First recorded in 1570-80
Related forms
single-mindedly, adverb
single-mindedness, noun
2. determined, persevering, inflexible, firm. Unabridged
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  • Every man should be true and single-minded, and should not allow himself to be deceived by others.

    Laws Plato
  • That Alexander may have been single-minded in his purpose has never been supposed.

    The Life of Cesare Borgia Raphael Sabatini
  • Such men are dangerous in proportion as they are single-minded.

    Sir Jasper Carew Charles James Lever
  • He and Algernon Sydney are remembered as single-minded and high-souled men.

    Holborn and Bloomsbury Sir Walter Besant
  • Even the most sincere and single-minded martyr has an eye on that halo.

    Phyllis of Philistia Frank Frankfort Moore
  • Up to this time her love for the stage had been single-minded.

    The Light of the Star Hamlin Garland
British Dictionary definitions for single-minded


having but one aim or purpose; dedicated
Derived Forms
single-mindedly, adverb
single-mindedness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for single-minded

1570s, "sincere, honest" (a sense also in single-hearted); meaning "having a single aim or purpose" is from 1860. See single (adj.) + minded. Related: Single-mindedly; single-mindedness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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