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[nar-oh-mahyn-did] /ˈnær oʊˈmaɪn dɪd/
having or showing a prejudiced mind, as persons or opinions; biased.
not receptive to new ideas; having a closed mind.
Origin of narrow-minded
Related forms
narrow-mindedly, adverb
narrow-mindedness, noun
unnarrow-minded, adjective
unnarrow-mindedly, adverb
unnarrow-mindedness, noun
1. bigoted, biased, partial, intolerant, illiberal, self-righteous.
1. tolerant. Unabridged
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  • All those raising objections are branded as biased and narrow-minded.
  • Some would try to understand without negative comments, but some are culturally blind and narrow-minded.
  • But to claim that this animal is abused and better off dead is incredibly narrow-minded and misguided.
  • Faculty argue this is an uninformed, narrow-minded perception.
  • His views on how to define student achievement are as narrow-minded as his views on graduate education for teachers.
  • It struck me as narrow-minded to privilege historical events, simply because things happened to have worked out that way.
  • Practicing politics, or writing about it, was a job not for the best and brightest but for the narrow-minded and obtuse.
  • Many small countries with immature and narrow-minded politicians have elected those who were educated, raised or even born abroad.
  • Even if legal, such unbalanced, narrow-minded misinformation is morally bankrupt.
  • To prevent its implementation because it falls short of the goals of certain single focus groups seems narrow-minded.
British Dictionary definitions for narrow-minded


having a biased or illiberal viewpoint; bigoted, intolerant, or prejudiced
Derived Forms
narrow-mindedly, adverb
narrow-mindedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for narrow-minded

also narrow minded, 1620s, from narrow (adj.) + minded. Related: Narrow-mindedness. Middle English had narrow-hearted "mean, ungenerous, ignoble" (c.1200).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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