blink·​ered ˈbliŋ-kərd How to pronounce blinkered (audio)
: limited in scope or understanding : narrow-minded
: fitted with blinders

Examples of blinkered in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In Politics and Literature at the Dawn of World War II, the Dartmouth literary scholar James A.W. Heffernan proposes that academic and popular histories, diaries, and journalistic accounts offer only a blinkered view of the past. Nathaniel Rich, The New York Review of Books, 30 Nov. 2023 The neoliberal consensus between progressives and libertarians has produced a blinkered set of moral concerns. Oren Cass, Foreign Affairs, 12 Feb. 2021 American politics, guided by the neoliberal consensus between progressives and libertarians, has focused on a blinkered set of moral concerns and blindly pursued the unquestioned priorities of personal freedom and consumption. Oren Cass, Foreign Affairs, 12 Feb. 2021 These individuals represent experts who believe in the power of technology to positively change the future, but are also aware of the societal, environmental and economic dangers of blinkered innovation. Andrew Maynard, Fortune, 12 May 2023 Some nations, in particular the U.S. and Russia, are looking only at the potential military advantages of autonomous systems—a blinkered view that prevents them from considering the disturbing scenarios that can unfold when rivals catch up. Noel Sharkey, Scientific American, 1 Feb. 2020 Despite her reputation for controversy, Roiphe has never been that formidable a polemicist; her perspective is too blinkered, her blind spots too obvious. Jennifer Szalai, New York Times, 26 Feb. 2020 The fault doesn’t wholly lie with Clegg, who as the company’s head of global affairs is no doubt hemmed in by Zuckerberg’s own blinkered vision. Washington Post, 3 Apr. 2019 Many physicists take these troubles to mean that their field has gone astray and that their colleagues are too blinkered to notice. George Musser, Scientific American, 25 Aug. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1838, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of blinkered was in 1838

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“Blinkered.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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