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  1. free from prejudice or bigotry; unbiased; liberal; tolerant.
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Origin of broad-minded

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


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open-minded, catholic, flexible; permissive.


narrow-minded, biased, bigoted, intolerant.
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  • 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


  1. tolerant of opposing viewpoints; not prejudiced; liberal
  2. not easily shocked by permissive sexual habits, pornography, etc
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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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