- characterized by a practical, unsentimental attitude or point of view.
- strong-willed; vigorous; not easily swayed.
Origin of tough-minded
First recorded in 1905–10
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Examples from the Web for tough-minded
To be sure, there are remnants of an Old West mentality of a rugged, tough-minded, if not slow to change attitude.The Real Arizona Isn’t Anti-Gay
February 27, 2014
Walter is sent by his tough-minded grandmother to work in the office of a distinguished U.S. Senator.Announcing "Patriots"
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.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.Teddy's Lost Years
November 23, 2010
Another name that has floated: Jonathan Dolgen, the tough-minded businessman who ran Viacom's film studio.Murdoch's Next Move
February 24, 2009
He differentiated them as the "tough-minded," and the "tender-minded."
Tender-minded and tough-minded, what a barbaric disjunction!
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.
- practical, unsentimental, stern or intractable