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single-minded

[sing-guh l-mahyn-did]
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adjective
  1. having or showing a single aim or purpose: a single-minded program.
  2. dedicated; resolute; steadfast: He was single-minded in his concern for truth.
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Origin of single-minded

First recorded in 1570–80
Related formssin·gle-mind·ed·ly, adverbsin·gle-mind·ed·ness, noun

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2. determined, persevering, inflexible, firm.
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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.

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for single-minded

single-minded

adjective
  1. having but one aim or purpose; dedicated
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Derived Formssingle-mindedly, adverbsingle-mindedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for single-minded

adj.

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.

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