: understanding words and statements only in the most basic and ordinary way and not having much imagination

Examples of literal-minded in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Getty Images Photo: Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art For the more literal-minded attendees, why not be on the nose about it in a true sleeping beauty? José Criales-Unzueta, Vogue, 10 Nov. 2023 Cancel culture tends to make people less broad in their thinking, more literal-minded. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 29 Oct. 2023 But even a seemingly casual question like that can trip up a literal-minded candidate who is trying to give honest answers. Karla L. Miller, Washington Post, 12 Oct. 2023 There’s something of the children’s book character Amelia Bedelia about Selin, who is similarly literal-minded. Matthew Gavin Frank, Harper's Magazine, 12 Apr. 2022 There are occasional cutaways to scenes of nature (lush gardens, rocky shoals), which help break up the 80-minute movie but feel too literal-minded to have been necessary. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 25 Apr. 2023 The wafting, carnal nightmare grows more literal-minded as the final bows are tied. Chris Vognar, Rolling Stone, 13 Apr. 2023 See More

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“Literal-minded.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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