free from prejudice or bigotry; unbiased; liberal; tolerant.

Origin of broad-minded

First recorded in 1590–1600
Related formsbroad-mind·ed·ly, adverbbroad-mind·ed·ness, noun

Synonyms for broad-minded

Antonyms for broad-minded Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of broad-minded

Historical Examples of broad-minded

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for broad-minded



tolerant of opposing viewpoints; not prejudiced; liberal
not easily shocked by permissive sexual habits, pornography, etc
Derived Formsbroad-mindedly, adverbbroad-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."

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