blinkered

adjective

blink·​ered ˈbliŋ-kərd How to pronounce blinkered (audio)
1
: limited in scope or understanding : narrow-minded
2
: fitted with blinders

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web 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 Given the details of the situation, however, there’s a case to be made for disabusing your blinkered boss. New York Times, 30 July 2019 The determination with which politicians and policymakers cling to this blinkered view can be seen in the lonely quest of Agnes Callamard, the U.N. special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions. Jackson Diehl, The Denver Post, 8 July 2019 And that would leave the United States weaker and poorer, too, even if there are a great many people in Washington who are too ignorant and blinkered to understand the fact. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, 4 June 2019 The question is far from academic, since the president’s blinkered behavior plays right into the autocrats’ hands. Trudy Rubin, Philly.com, 8 June 2018 But at the height of their powers, giant companies make blinkered, unreliable guides to their own futures. The Economist, 5 July 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1838, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of blinkered was in 1838

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“Blinkered.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/blinkered. Accessed 28 Jan. 2023.

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