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[mahynd-set] /ˈmaɪndˌsɛt/
an attitude, disposition, or mood.
an intention or inclination.
Origin of mind-set
1925-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for mindset
  • It is all about opening up, after all, and allowing a different mindset to reign.
  • As games and the gaming mindset take over our lives, they've also gone professional.
  • It's a mindset for both creative types and wealthy spark plugs seeking intellectual stimulation, visual pleasure and fellowship.
  • Before discussing these resources in more detail, let's make sure that you begin the negotiating process with the right mindset.
  • That's exactly the wrong kind of mindset that far too many people have.
  • Below is an example of the mindset of researchers in the field of global warming and water deficits.
  • Perhaps more importantly, it also helps foster an ecologically focused, cradle-to-grave mindset.
  • Hopefully this will change along with other aspects of a cultural mindset.
  • Head-on fights are counterproductive with fearful dogs because conflict reinforces the fearful mindset.
  • Unfortunately with scientific expeditions, the mindset of the actual explorer is hardly relevant.
British Dictionary definitions for mindset


the ideas and attitudes with which a person approaches a situation, esp when these are seen as being difficult to alter
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Word Origin and History for mindset

also mind-set, "habits of mind formed by previous experience," 1920, in educators' jargon, from mind (n.) + set (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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mindset in Medicine

mindset mind·set or mind-set (mīnd'sět')

  1. A fixed mental attitude or disposition that predetermines a person's responses to and interpretations of situations.

  2. An inclination or a habit.

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