Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Receptive to new and different ideas or the opinions of others.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Having an open or unreserved mind; frank; candid.
  • Having a mind open or accessible to new views or convictions; not narrow-minded; unprejudiced; liberal.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Ready to entertain new ideas. Contrasted with closed-minded.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Willing to consider new and different ideas or opinions.

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

  • adjective ready to entertain new ideas

Etymologies

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open mind

Examples

  • Mr. Woodard describes as "open-minded" a Quebec that suppresses the use of the English language.

    Life May Differ In Your Region

  • So-called open-minded landlords, those who had not joined the armed rebellion, or who had actually helped the Communist underground, were treated well.

    Wild Swans

  • So-called open-minded landlords, those who had not joined the armed rebellion, or who had actually helped the Communist underground, were treated well.

    Wild Swans

  • Democrats presented her as an open-minded individual whose future votes on the Court could not be known, while Republicans tried to use their questions and her prior statements to show her to be an unacceptable liberal.

    The Conservative Assault on the Constitution

  • Yet the confirmation hearings were spent with the Republican senators denying that they knew what Alito would do as a justice and portraying him as an open-minded jurist without an ideology.

    The Conservative Assault on the Constitution

  • In short, during the twentieth century both the norms governing religious intermarriage and actual marriage patterns moved toward greater interfaith openness and integration, as religiously insular generations were succeeded by their more open-minded children.35 Less detailed evidence on interfaith friendships is available, but such evidence as we have suggests that they too became slowly but steadily more prevalent, at least over the last two decades of the twentieth century.36

    American Grace

  • By its very nature, simply showing a multicultural, tolerant future, where open-minded rationalists are on a mission of scientific and cultural exploration, and poverty, disease, and warfare are considered backwards, is a pretty damn important meme, and I'm glad its still out there and broadcasting loud and clear.

    Fu Manchu Lou Review

  • I am a very open-minded person and I respect people's opinions, decisions and beliefs.

    Archive 2009-11-01

  • I'm lucky enough these days that I have nothing but time (and a very large pantry!) on my hands and so eschew baking mixes (unless baking for my extremely picky sister, which is another story entirely), but given the relative success of the other product I went into the kitchen open-minded.

    Archive 2009-07-01

  • TransFarm Africa is part of the Aspen Institute, which says its core mission is to foster enlightened leadership and open-minded dialogue.

    Trade Barriers Impede Food Security

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