Words with the suffix -MINDED indicate that a person (usually we use these adjectives to talk about people) has

a certain way of thinking, approaching problems or situation, a certain type of character or behaviour.

The type of person we talk about is indicated in the first part of the word.

Examples

For instance, OPEN-minded. OPEN means that this person tends to be OPEN to new proposals, believes, etc. So, his mind is open to anything new. 

And what kind of person could be described as CLOSED-minded?

Obviously, the one whose mind tends to be closed to anything new, other people’s ideas, opinions, etc.

Quiz

Now, try to guess the meanings of these adjectives:

*If you have any problems, check the meanings of the words in the table at the end of the article.

People who accept behaviour and opinions that are different from their own.
People who are unwilling to receive new ideas, accept other people’s opinions.
People who are deep in their own thoughts so that they tend to forget things.
Not very intelligent or sophisticated people.
People with high or strict moral principles.
Just and impartial people.
People who have similar ideas, opinions, interests.
People who are believed to deliberately make things more difficult.
Practical people who don’t allow emotions to influence them.
People who are focused on one particular goal and are determined to achieve it.

Learn the words

ENGLISH

SYNONYMS

SPANISH

RUSSIAN

OPEN-MINDED

tolerant, accepting

de mentalidad abierta

широких взглядов

BROAD-MINDED

tolerant, liberal

tolerante, abierto de mente

терпимый, широких взглядов

NARROW-MINDED

intolerant, prejudiced

cerrado, de mente estrecha

ограниченный, с предрассудками

ABSENT-MINDED

forgetful

distraído, despistado

рассеянный, забывчивый

SIMPLE-MINDED

lacking intelligence

ingenuo, simplón,-na

простоватый, недалекий

HIGH-MINDED

morally principled

moralista

высоконравственный

FAIR-MINDED

impartial, judging a situation fairly

justo e imparcial, sin prejuicios

справедливый; беспристрастный

LIKE-MINDED

having similar opinions, interests, etc.

que piensan parecidos

придерживающийся тех же взглядов;

CLOSED-MINDED

blinkered, intolerant

cerrado

консервативный

BLOODY-MINDED

stubborn, being deliberately difficult instead of being helpful

terco, empecinado, dificil

жестокий, кровожадный, выражающий несогласие, вредный

FEEBLE-MINDED

stupid

estúpido

недалекий, глупый

TOUGH-MINDED

hard-headed, mentally strong, adamant

tenaz, firme

расчетливый, практичный, упрямый, трезвомыслящий

RIGHT-MINDED

right-thinking

correcto, sensato

благоразумный, добропорядочный

SINGLE-MINDED

determined, focused

decidido, enfocado

честный, упертый, целеустремленный

SMALL-MINDED

intolerant, petty, insular

mezquino

недалекий, мелочный, ограниченный, эгоистичный

LITERAL-MINDED

unimaginative

sin imaginación, poco imaginativo

мыслящий буквально, не обладающий фантазией

STRONG-MINDED

determined, willful

decidido, determinado

волевой, непреклонный, урпорный

WEAK-MINDED

indecisive, changeable;

foolish, gullible

indeciso, inseguro;

tonto, crédulo, ingenuo

слабовольный;

недалекий

It’s quite easy to memorize these words cause you are familiar with both parts of them.

How can you describe yourself? 

Are you weak-minded or strong-minded? Perhaps, you can be this or that in different situations?

What can you say about your friends? Are the majority of them open-minded? Or quite opposite?

What about your half? Are you like-minded?

Do you know narrow-minded people?

Practice describing people’s approach to life in general, to tough situations, or to new experiences.

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