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Origin of tough-minded

First recorded in 1905–10
Related formstough-mind·ed·ly, adverbtough-mind·ed·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Contemporary Examples of tough-minded

  • To be sure, there are remnants of an Old West mentality of a rugged, tough-minded, if not slow to change attitude.

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    The Real Arizona Isn’t Anti-Gay

    Ronnie Cho

    February 27, 2014

  • Walter is sent by his tough-minded grandmother to work in the office of a distinguished U.S. Senator.

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    Announcing "Patriots"

    David Frum

    April 3, 2012

  • The answer has in large part to do with the enduring appeal of her complex, tough-minded view of love, life, and human nature.

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    Jane Austen’s Tough Love

    Rachel M. Brownstein

    June 23, 2011

  • Roosevelt was the tough-minded champion of a new, yet essentially conservative social order.

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    Teddy's Lost Years

    Michael Kazin

    November 23, 2010

  • Another name that has floated: Jonathan Dolgen, the tough-minded businessman who ran Viacom's film studio.

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    Murdoch's Next Move

    Kim Masters

    February 24, 2009

Historical Examples of tough-minded

  • He differentiated them as the "tough-minded," and the "tender-minded."

  • Tender-minded and tough-minded, what a barbaric disjunction!


    William James

  • That tough-minded central bureaucracy did not ordinarily bother to obtain proof against those it suspected.

    Watch the Sky

    James H. Schmitz

  • You get, in short, a materialistic universe, in which only the tough-minded find themselves congenially at home.


    William James

British Dictionary definitions for tough-minded


  1. practical, unsentimental, stern or intractable
Derived Formstough-mindedly, adverbtough-mindedness, noun
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