[oh-puh n-mahyn-did]


having or showing a mind receptive to new ideas or arguments.
unprejudiced; unbigoted; impartial.

Origin of open-minded

First recorded in 1820–30
Related formso·pen-mind·ed·ly, adverbo·pen-mind·ed·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of open-minded

Historical Examples of open-minded

  • He's a lawyer himself, but certainly not an open-minded one.

    Dear Enemy

    Jean Webster

  • The Japanese are open-minded and receptive of truth, from whatever quarter it may come.

  • Unfortunately his Brother on the Bench was not so open-minded.

    Irish Witchcraft and Demonology

    St. John D. (St. John Drelincourt) Seymour

  • If this be so, every open-minded reader will better see the truth by comparison.

    English Secularism

    George Jacob Holyoake

  • I, who had ever been open-minded, must learn to keep my own counsel.

    The Wanderer's Necklace

    H. Rider Haggard

British Dictionary definitions for open-minded



having a mind receptive to new ideas, arguments, etc; unprejudiced
Derived Formsopen-mindedly, adverbopen-mindedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for open-minded

also openminded, open minded, 1828, first recorded in Carlyle; from open (adj.) + minded. Figurative use of open (adj.) with reference to hearts, hands, etc. is from early 15c. Related: Open-mindedly; open-mindedness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper