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[soh-ber-mahyn-did] /ˈsoʊ bərˈmaɪn dɪd/
rational; sensible.
Origin of sober-minded
First recorded in 1525-35
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sober-mindedness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Especially is this so with thoughtful, sober-minded boys like the young Napoleon.

  • We have a custom at Dohnavur which perplexes the sober-minded.

    Lotus Buds

    Amy Carmichael
  • You're a sober-minded scholar, so you start digging in the ruins.

    The Man the Martians Made Frank Belknap Long
  • I might have guessed what would be the result of introducing you to sober-minded people.

    A Romantic Young Lady

    Robert Grant
  • Why, you deserve the censure of all sober-minded, rational people.

    Hesper, the Home-Spirit Elizabeth Doten
  • There is much to shock the sober-minded as there is in Paris, but the sober-minded should not go to Trouville.

    In Vanity Fair

    Eleanor Hoyt Brainerd
  • It was a serious, sober-minded England in which the youth Dryden found himself.

    Palamon and Arcite John Dryden

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