characterized by a practical, unsentimental attitude or point of view.
strong-willed; vigorous; not easily swayed.
- tough-mind·ed·ly, adverb
- tough-mind·ed·ness, noun
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How to use tough-minded in a sentence
They did before and with—guess who—the fearless and tough minded George W. Bush.
To be sure, there are remnants of an Old West mentality of a rugged, tough-minded, if not slow to change attitude.
Walter is sent by his tough-minded grandmother to work in the office of a distinguished U.S. Senator.
The answer has in large part to do with the enduring appeal of her complex, tough-minded view of love, life, and human nature.
Hillary is a realist and very tough-minded in the way she looks at the world.
He differentiated them as the "tough-minded," and the "tender-minded."Collected Papers on Analytical Psychology | C. G. Jung
You get, in short, a materialistic universe, in which only the tough-minded find themselves congenially at home.Pragmatism | William James
The tender-minded notion of an absolute reality is, according to the radically tough-minded, framed on just this pattern.Pragmatism | William James
The trip had taken its toll from all of us, even tough-minded Phil Benson.The Test Colony | Winston Marks
That tough-minded central bureaucracy did not ordinarily bother to obtain proof against those it suspected.Watch the Sky | James H. Schmitz
British Dictionary definitions for tough-minded
practical, unsentimental, stern or intractable
- tough-mindedly, adverb
- tough-mindedness, noun
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