mind·​set ˈmīn(d)-ˌset How to pronounce mindset (audio)
variants or less commonly mind-set
plural mindsets also mind-sets
: a mental attitude or inclination
politicians trying to determine the mindset of voters
It isn't only the freshness of the fruit that makes breakfast in California restaurants outstanding. It's an attitude, a morning mindset, a desire to start the day in a leisurely, luxurious manner.Jane and Michael Stern
: a fixed state of mind
His mind-set does not allow for new situations.
The German military thought they were being honorable, and this wasn't an excuse—this was their complete mindset.William Vollman

Examples of mindset in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web So, what can be done to change the mindset of this up-and-coming generation? Sarah Scott, Parents, 17 May 2024 Flipping the mindset of an on-the-go trip to Orlando, there’s no need to leave this property that feels like a private island. Angela Caraway-Carlton, Miami Herald, 15 May 2024 What were yours and Gunna’s mindsets like while working on One of Wun? Michael Saponara, Billboard, 15 May 2024 Bezos’ mindset has since come under fire as his company and net worth grew. Chloe Berger, Fortune, 15 May 2024 By cultivating a mindset driven by intrinsic desires rather than external pressures, individuals can chart their course with clarity and conviction, unencumbered by the whims of external influence. Tyler Shepherd, USA TODAY, 14 May 2024 That helped me a lot to keep my mindset and focus on what’s really important, which is my career as actor, and helps me to not get super distracted by the noise. Chris Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 May 2024 The government also appears to be trying to scare DINKs into changing their mindset. Stephanie Yang, Los Angeles Times, 8 May 2024 The mindset Chase Stokes embraced going into his first Met Gala: Be himself. Michelle Lee, Peoplemag, 7 May 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1909, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of mindset was in 1909

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“Mindset.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mindset. Accessed 23 May. 2024.

Medical Definition


variants also mind-set
: a mental inclination, tendency, or habit

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