tough-mind·​ed ˈtəf-ˌmīn-dəd How to pronounce tough-minded (audio)
: realistic or unsentimental in temper or outlook
tough-minded survivors
tough-mindedness noun

Examples of tough-minded in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There’s a radical, tough-minded generosity here that punches right through the wall of our moment’s hypersensitivity around appropriation. Sara Holdren, Vulture, 7 Feb. 2024 For the British government, that requires tough-minded honesty about the United Kingdom, the balance of power, and the state of the world. David Lammy, Foreign Affairs, 17 Apr. 2024 Under tough-minded presidents, that has occasionally happened. Nicholas Kristof, The Mercury News, 20 Mar. 2024 Against them, there is the tough-minded continual splendor of Robinson’s attention to Genesis’ figures in the landscape. Francis Spufford, New York Times, 6 Mar. 2024 Seesaw first half Izzo and Rutgers coach Steve Pikiell are known for their tough-minded, defense-first teams. Detroit Free Press, 14 Jan. 2024 And why was Barbara, the tough-minded author of Nickel and Dimed and Fear of Falling, buying into this gauzy nonsense? Timothy Noah, The New Republic, 19 Sep. 2023 Popkin also does not present credible evidence that Montes, as some of his sources allege, significantly distorted the intelligence community’s characteristically tough-minded assessments of Cuba. Jim Popkin, Foreign Affairs, 18 Apr. 2023 Premiering in the main competition at Karlovy Vary, this is tense, tough-minded fare that isn’t afraid to test the bounds of realism for the sake of a good story, but nonetheless feels authentically rooted in an ailing, neglected strand of Bulgarian society. Guy Lodge, Variety, 5 July 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1907, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tough-minded was in 1907

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“Tough-minded.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

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