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Princeton's WordNet

  1. open-mindedadjective

    ready to entertain new ideas

    "an open-minded curiosity"; "open-minded impartiality"


  1. open-mindedadjective

    Willing to consider new and different ideas or opinions.


  1. open-minded

    Open-mindedness is receptiveness to new ideas. Open-mindedness relates to the way in which people approach the views and knowledge of others." Jason Baehr defines an open-minded person as one who "characteristically moves beyond or temporarily sets aside his own doxastic commitments in order to give a fair and impartial hearing to the intellectual opposition". Jack Kwong's definition sees open-mindedness as the "willingness to take a novel viewpoint seriously".According to Wayne Riggs, open-mindedness springs from an awareness of the inherent fallibility of one's beliefs; hence, open-minded individuals are more inclined to listen to, and seriously consider, alternative viewpoints.There are various scales for the measurement of open-mindedness. Harding and Hare have argued that schools should emphasize open-mindedness more than relativism in their science instruction, because the scientific community does not embrace a relativistic way of thinking.Among other things, the critical attitude involves an open-minded outlook with respect to one's beliefs.Open-mindedness is generally considered an important personal attribute for effective participation in management teams and other groups. Open-mindedness is usually encouraged in group settings, within different cultures and new environments. According to David DiSalvo, closed-mindedness, or an unwillingness to consider new ideas, can result from the brain's natural dislike for ambiguity. According to this view, the brain has a "search and destroy" relationship with ambiguity and evidence contradictory to people's current beliefs tends to make them uncomfortable by introducing such ambiguity. Research confirms that belief-discrepant-closed-minded persons have less tolerance for cognitive inconsistency.Virtues contrasting with open-mindedness include steadfastness, loyalty, and fundamentalism.


  1. open-minded

    Open-minded refers to the willingness to consider, accept, and respect new, diverse, or different ideas, views, opinions, or perspectives from one's own. It involves being flexible, adaptable, and non-judgmental, and implies a readiness to embrace change, learn from others, and entertain unfamiliar or unconventional thoughts or concepts.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of open-minded in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of open-minded in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of open-minded in a Sentence

  1. Charles Franklin Kettering:

    People are very open-minded about new things--as long as they're exactly like the old ones.

  2. Joe Talbot:

    If your narrow minded your life's boring, If your open minded your life's interesting.

  3. Anthony Fauci:

    I do, right, and I'm not alone in that, a recent paper was put out by 21 very well internationally-respected virologists and evolutionary biologists who said the same thing as I'm saying. And I rely on people like that, who have great experience in this. That's what they do every single day -- who, again, are open minded -- and are saying it's conceivable that you may have had a lab leak. So you've got to keep an open mind to all possibilities, but they feel that the more likely explanation is a natural evolution from an animal host to a human.

  4. Marc Morial:

    Michael Regan has successfully gotten to first base, i think for people who are fair minded and open minded, the truth is that the way people feel will very much be predicated on how they( The Cabinet) perform.

  5. Arch Manning:

    I’m wide, wide open, arch is open-minded right now.

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