blink·​ered | \ ˈbliŋ-kərd How to pronounce blinkered (audio) \

Definition of blinkered

1 : limited in scope or understanding : narrow-minded
2 : fitted with blinders

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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, "The Search for Truth in Physics," 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, "What Can I Do When a Colleague Takes Credit for My Work?," 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, "Commentary: Mohammed bin Salman is our newest Saddam Hussein," 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, "Invest in the Neighborhood," 4 June 2019 The question is far from academic, since the president’s blinkered behavior plays right into the autocrats’ hands. Trudy Rubin,, "Trump pummels G-7 democratic allies but loves autocrats | Trudy Rubin," 8 June 2018 But at the height of their powers, giant companies make blinkered, unreliable guides to their own futures. The Economist, "History’s biggest firms," 5 July 2018 The failings of normcore politics start with a somewhat blinkered and romantic view of American history which, as Ezra Klein recently argued in his review of much of the democratic crisis literature, is actually quite ugly. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Donald Trump, the resistance, and the limits of normcore politics," 3 July 2018 In 2016’s Hillbilly Elegy and subsequent writing, Vance built his interpretation of Appalachia, the Rust Belt, and the Trump era on a sensitive but blinkered portrait of his own family’s strengths and wounds. Jedediah Purdy, The New Republic, "The Remaking of Class," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of blinkered

1838, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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