mind·​set | \ ˈmīn(d)-ˌset How to pronounce mindset (audio) \
variants: or less commonly mind-set
plural mindsets also mind-sets

Definition of mindset

1 : 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
2 : 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

First Known Use of mindset

1909, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 7 Apr. 2020.

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\ ˈmīn(d)-ˌset How to pronounce mind-set (audio) \

Medical Definition of mind-set

: a mental inclination, tendency, or habit

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