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[tuhf-mahyn-did] /ˈtʌfˈmaɪn dɪd/
characterized by a practical, unsentimental attitude or point of view.
strong-willed; vigorous; not easily swayed.
Origin of tough-minded
Related forms
tough-mindedly, adverb
tough-mindedness, noun Unabridged
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  • The government might be able to raise the cash, but tough-minded companies might well be able to extract big concessions.
  • Its prose aims for tough-minded simplicity but keeps landing on simpleminded sententiousness.
  • It was resolute, suffused with sobriety, reflecting a tough-minded realism at home and abroad.
  • He is unashamed to immerse this tough-minded, episodic film noir in freshets of melodrama.
  • But if you want the country to share that belief, you have to provide a government that is nimble, tough-minded and effective.
  • Successful reform requires tough-minded collaboration, not tough-minded confrontation.
  • He is legendary for being a tough-minded, savvy investor.
  • Indeed, the separateness of this representation ensures independent, tough-minded directors.
British Dictionary definitions for tough-minded


practical, unsentimental, stern or intractable
Derived Forms
tough-mindedly, adverb
tough-mindedness, noun
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