from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Lacking tolerance, breadth of view, or sympathy; petty.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Of confined views or sentiments; bigoted; illiberal.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Of narrow mental scope; lacking tolerance or breadth of view; illiberal; mean. Opposite of broad-minded, open-minded, liberal.
  • adjective Capable of being shocked by behavior of others. Opposite of unshockable.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective having restricted or rigid views, and being unreceptive to new ideas
  • adjective intolerant, bigoted or prejudiced

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective rigidly adhering to a particular sect or its doctrines
  • adjective lacking tolerance or flexibility or breadth of view
  • adjective capable of being shocked


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  • In many of the examples on this page, it seems "narrow-minded" is used as a disparaging or belittling adjective.

    Question: what's the real difference between someone being "narrow-minded" and "convicted to a belief"?

    I would say for any one peron's perception of another's narrow-mindedness, the other person believes they are spot on in their thinking.

    November 29, 2015

  • The examples are pulled from literature databases, ditto Tweets from live feed. In that sense they reflect actual usage. Your question is a philosophical one of perspective.

    November 29, 2015