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  1. characterized by a practical, unsentimental attitude or point of view.
  2. strong-willed; vigorous; not easily swayed.
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Origin of tough-minded

First recorded in 1905–10
Related formstough-mind·ed·ly, adverbtough-mind·ed·ness, noun
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Related Words for tough-minded

strong-willed, single-minded, hard-nosed, determined, resolute, unsentimental

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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.

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    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
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Derived Formstough-mindedly, adverbtough-mindedness, noun
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