broad-mind·​ed ˈbrȯd-ˈmīn-dəd How to pronounce broad-minded (audio)
: tolerant of varied views
: inclined to condone minor departures from conventional behavior
broad-mindedly adverb
broad-mindedness noun

Examples of broad-minded in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The poet Robert Frost once said that a liberal is someone too broad-minded to take his own side in a fight. Rich Lowry, National Review, 16 Feb. 2024 Omitted from the weekend’s broad-minded lineup was Blake Bailey, its author. Hannah Gold, Harper's Magazine, 3 Nov. 2023 Typically Marie takes a skeptical approach while Gallucci remains more broad-minded. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, 15 Sep. 2023 Part of the shift is due to the GOP’s sharp rightward turn, which has alienated many younger, independent and suburban voters who prefer a more broad-minded, less harshly judgmental attitude, especially on social issues. Mark Z. Barabak, Los Angeles Times, 14 Sep. 2023 One of the most dynamic aspects of Sting’s music is its broad-minded sensibilities. Melissa Ruggieri, USA TODAY, 3 Sep. 2023 That broad-minded message makes a marked contrast with China’s competitive posture in other arenas, such as Beijing’s refusal to discuss arms control with the United States. Joel Gehrke, Washington Examiner, 13 July 2023 For every executive, addressing these sorts of questions will require experimentation and broad-minded, critical thinking. François Candelon, Fortune, 7 July 2023 Even the most broad-minded viewer is unlikely to find much relatable about that. Angie Han, The Hollywood Reporter, 6 July 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1850, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of broad-minded was in 1850

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“Broad-minded.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition


: willing to accept opinions, beliefs, or practices that are unusual or different from one's own
broad-mindedly adverb
broad-mindedness noun

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