from The Century Dictionary.

  • Compassionate; tender-hearted.


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  • I daresay I'm too tender-minded about it, in any case.

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  • People who score higher on the SAT Math subsection than on the SAT Verbal tend to be more "tough-minded," while verbalists tend to be more "tender-minded."

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  • For heirs hard up for the estate tax, our tender-minded Congress could make more business assets tax exempt, or even raise the exemption for individuals.

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  • Pragmatism is presented as the ˜mediating philosophy™ that enables us to overcome the distinction between the tender-minded and the tough-minded: we need to show how adherence to tough-minded epistemic standards does not prevent our adopting the kind of worldview to which the tender-minded aspire.


  • The tender-minded are ˜free-willist™ and dogmatic; the tough minded are ˜fatalistic™ and sceptical.


  • Publicly tender-minded folks like George Bush don't necessarily want to be the ones to go slamming over people with bulldozers.

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  • The more tender-minded know that a form of snobbery is being exercised at their expense, yet cannot convince themselves that it is groundless.

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  • I figure that he was probably more of a tender-minded kind of fellow, got hurt in a relationship, got rejected, and his dealing with this poetry was just kind of a way of dealing with it.

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  • It was something that in different ways they did to him, unconsciously, almost casually — perhaps finding him tender-minded and afraid, they killed the things in him that menaced their absolute sway.

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  • “No!” neither to man nor woman; borrower and temptress alike found him tender-minded and pliable.

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