from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Having one overriding purpose or goal: the single-minded pursuit of money.
  • adj. Steadfast; resolute: He was single-minded in his determination to stop smoking.

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  • adj. Intensely focused and concentrated on purpose, thinking of only one goal, undistractable.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having a single purpose; concentrating on a single goal; hence, artless; guileless; single-hearted.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having a single or honest mind or heart; free from duplicity; ingenuous; guileless.
  • Having but one object or end in view; unswerving; undeviating.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. determined


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  • An accomplished pianist, he was described as a "single-minded" young man who had been shaken by the disappearance of his father, a doctor, during his childhood. - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

  • It represents a potential distraction, although any side capable of winning 13 games on the trot with a home ground as lacking in atmosphere as Vicarage Road can be described as single-minded.

    Leicester 18-22 Saracens | Premiership final match report

  • The National Energy Act of 1978, which Carter pushed through Congress with single-minded intensity, tripled federal funding for solar energy research, created loans and tax credits for homeowners to insulate their homes and install renewable-energy heating and cooling systems, set national efficiency standards for electrical appliances, provided $100 million for schools, hospitals, and local governments to install energy-conservation technology, and imposed a gas-guzzler tax on inefficient vehicles to encourage gasoline conservation.

    The Good Fight

  • A born again Christian with a single-minded opposition to gay marriage, Bachmann was invited by Pastor Hammond to “share her testimony” at three services held just two weeks before election day, and her appearance was advertised at Living Word for weeks in advance.

    American Grace

  • Oh, one place they might cut is their annual gifts to PACs and single-minded business lobbies.

    The Wall Street rants, and gets it wrong (Jack Bog's Blog)

  • Told in alternating narratives (with a helpful opening guide to how many different names both women are known by), Bunny ("Faith") Crumpacker tells the story of an unhappy marriage followed by betrayal, a pregnancy of uncertain paternity and the near-numb yet single-minded decision to give up her baby.

    Nancy Doyle Palmer: Jessica Lost: Adoption and Identity in Modern Times

  • His clamping down on the Muslim Brotherhood also sought to achieve this same, single-minded goal.

    Alon Ben-Meir: Egypt's Newfound Foreign Policy Assertivness

  • To separate wheat from chaff, it's important to recall that the term "entrepreneur" is essential; social alertness, flexibility and single-minded purpose is inherent to small enterprise, social or otherwise.

    Hisham Wyne: Social Entrepreneurs and Change in Dubai

  • Earlier this week, I wrote about the single-minded legislative doctrine of Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., who blocks all animal protection legislation if it has any price tag on it.

    Wayne Pacelle: Holding Up Animal Protection Reforms, At What Price?

  • All of the human rights stuff is a frivolous distraction that should be ignored in the single-minded pursuit of the Holy Grail of foreign aid to solve the problem of poverty once and for all by 2015, if one is to believe, as does Sachs, in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

    Alemayehu G. Mariam: Lessons From Columbia U.


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