open-mind·​ed ˌō-pən-ˈmīn-dəd How to pronounce open-minded (audio)
: receptive to arguments or ideas
open-mindedly adverb
open-mindedness noun

Examples of open-minded in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web An ideological grab bag Organizers say the Expo was always designed as a clearing house for far out ideas but there have been times when its open-minded, anything-goes attitude has gone too far. Deborah Netburn, Los Angeles Times, 19 Feb. 2024 While the couplings are as diverse and inclusive as open-minded audiences could possibly hope for, one unifying factor is the copious amount of lube. Catherine Bray, Variety, 17 Feb. 2024 When the ladies discussed polyamory during last month's episode of The View, Goldberg encouraged her fellow moderators to be more open-minded towards the thought of ethical non-monogamy. Esther Kang, Peoplemag, 13 Feb. 2024 Kenneth also believes that the business flourished because of his continuous open-minded nature. Jon Stojan, USA TODAY, 24 Jan. 2024 Steven Holen, director of research at the Center for American Paleolithic Research and one of the co-authors of that 2017 study, was more open-minded. Lisa Deaderick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 Feb. 2024 We are committed to opposing all forms of exclusion and discrimination and consistently stand up for the values of an open-minded and liberal democracy. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 Feb. 2024 Be open-minded and curious, setting aside dedicated time for learning. Angelique Kuiper, Rolling Stone, 29 Jan. 2024 Garvey tried to sell himself as an open-minded political outsider, unspoiled by Washington. Benjamin Oreskes, Los Angeles Times, 23 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1748, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of open-minded was in 1748

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“Open-minded.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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: open to arguments or ideas : not prejudiced
open-mindedly adverb
open-mindedness noun

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