open-minded

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj open-minded ready to entertain new ideas "an open-minded curiosity","open-minded impartiality"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • open-minded Having an open or unreserved mind; frank; candid.
    • open-minded Having a mind open or accessible to new views or convictions; not narrow-minded; unprejudiced; liberal.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Open-minded free from prejudice: ready to receive and consider new ideas
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Quotations

  • Malcolm S. Forbes
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    “The purpose of education is to replace an empty mind with an open one”
  • Gilbert K. Chesterton
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    “Merely having an open mind is nothing; the object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid.”
  • William A. Orton
    William A. Orton
    “If you keep your mind sufficiently open, people will throw a lot of rubbish into it.”
  • Dorothea Brande
    Dorothea Brande
    “Where there is an open mind, there will always be a frontier.”
  • George W. Crane
    George W. Crane
    “You can have such an open mind that it is too porous to hold a conviction.”
  • Thomas Robert Dewar
    Thomas Robert Dewar
    “Minds are like parachutes, they only function when they are open.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. openup, up; cf. Dut. openop, Ice. opinnupp, and Ger. offenauf.

Usage

In literature:

If we would open our minds to enjoyment, we should find tranquil pleasures spread about us on every side.
"Words of Cheer for the Tempted, the Toiling, and the Sorrowing" by T. S. Arthur
His mind is rapidly opening, and is evidently one of great natural force.
"Lizzy Glenn" by T. S. Arthur
A moment or two passed before she had presence of mind sufficient to go to the door and open it.
"The Iron Rule" by T. S. Arthur
Yet what a world of new ideas it opens to the mind!
"The Good Time Coming" by T. S. Arthur
They had some long walks and long talks together, and in one of them Jeff opened his mind, if not his heart, to the painter.
"The Landlord at Lion's Head, Complete" by William Dean Howells
In short, her mind is open to all impressions.
"Famous Affinities of History V1" by Lyndon Orr
In short, her mind is open to all impressions.
"Famous Affinities of History, Vol 1-4, Complete" by Lyndon Orr
Some truths there are so near and obvious to the mind that a man need only open his eyes to see them.
"A Treatise Concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge" by George Berkeley
Now at the time I had an open mind about Vauquier.
"At the Villa Rose" by A. E. W. Mason
Dick had made up his mind to awaken at eight o'clock and promptly at that hour he opened his eyes.
"The Rover Boys in New York" by Arthur M. Winfield
He wanted now to have an open mind.
"The Rainbow Trail" by Zane Grey
Oh, I have an open mind.
"The Doctor's Dilemma" by George Bernard Shaw
The two dark openings on either side, raised questions which the most unimaginative mind would feel glad to hear explained.
"Dark Hollow" by Anna Katherine Green
It's my duty to see that this building is ready for him when he's a mind to open court in it.
"The Prodigal Judge" by Vaughan Kester
Newcomb, the miner colonel, was a man of big and open mind.
"The Guns of Shiloh" by Joseph A. Altsheler
But the spring was open and there was soon more to occupy his mind than a maid and a posy and a reckless blade from Montreal.
"The Maid of the Whispering Hills" by Vingie E. Roe
They had open minds, most of them, and when a cloud appeared it was seldom more than a prejudice.
"The Imperialist" by (a.k.a. Mrs. Everard Cotes) Sara Jeannette Duncan
That will be because you are open-minded, because there is room in you for growth and change?
"The Inside of the Cup, Complete" by Winston Churchill
The aspiration for knowledge opens the doors of the mind and makes ready for her coming.
"Our Friend John Burroughs" by Clara Barrus
He had half a mind to take it to the cellar and open it there.
"Cap'n Dan's Daughter" by Joseph C. Lincoln
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In poetry:

Are all the melodies, from the far spheres
Down to the lowest winds
That open unseen lips when twilight nears.
Men's minds
"God Wrapt Him" by Alexander Anderson
He knows and loves thee, Idleness;
For when his sheep are browsing,
His open eyes enchant and bless
A mind divinely drowsing;
"Idleness" by Thomas Sturge Moore
Whose thoughts, free, open, unconfin'd,
Are void of all deceit;
Where reason only rules the mind,
And keeps her God-like seat.
"The Philosopher" by Samuel Bowden
My mind has itstrue union with thee, O sky,
at the window which is mine own,
and not in the open
where thou hast thy sole kingdom.
"Fireflies" by Rabindranath Tagore
I have learned there's a secret something
That remains yet undefined,
That touches the springs and pulleys
That open the human mind.
"The Desirable Undefined" by Jared Barhite
The solemn shady forest with its gentle pulse of wind,
Is a type of all the quiet in an earnest poet's mind—
Haunting not the writhing city, but with open placid look,
Watching ever still the meadow and the sparkle of the brook.
"The Long Deep Grass In Springing" by Alexander Anderson

In news:

Designer Ralph Lauren's uniforms for the Opening Ceremony at the London Olympics bring one phrase to mind.
To clear her mind after a lengthy stretch of touring, songwriter Erika Wennerstrom hit the road again, this time alone, finding both solace and inspiration in the wide-open spaces of West Texas rangeland.
I am so relaxed at La Quinta that I am able to open my heart and mind while learning.
If you don't mind the life of a professional truck driver, there are spots open.
"I'm not interested in compromise," Soglin said at a Downtown Madison, Inc breakfast Thursday when an audience member noted she was worried the mayor had already made up his mind and was not open to outside input.
Restoration of the grand old courthouse on the square will continue, keeping in mind the grand opening as our new museum to be Memorial Weekend 2013.
Listen to Open Mind Sundays at 7:30 am and 6:00 pm on WGVU-FM 88.5 and 95.3.
Grizzlies GM Chris Wallace remains open- minded amid changes.
Brandon Jacobs came to the San Francisco 49ers with an open mind and no expectations.
So, until the Pebble Partnership applies for its permits and the regulators get a chance to review a detailed mining plan, I am keeping an open mind about the project.
Will 'undecided' voters keep an open mind.
Go in with an open mind.
President keeps open mind on taxes.
We hope that their interest in Harry opens up their mind, and that t...
County Commissioner Bob Rolston says that people should keep in mind that the road won't be in the greatest shape when it opens.
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In science:

However, it should be kept in mind that the possibility that D < 0 is open.
Holography and Brane-bulk Energy Exchange
Let Mind(E ) denote the open set of indecomposable Markov matrices.
A class of non homogeneous self interacting random processes with applications to learning in games and vertex-reinforced random walks
In what way can we correctly formulate the behavior of plasma? Extensive effort has been made by the author to answer these questions and to find out new things[5, 6], but the greatest challenge was, and still is, to convince the mainstream of this community to have open mind on related issues.
A counterexample against the Vlasov equation
Therefore we will try to discuss the possible physical meanings of Q1 and Q2 with an open mind while temporarily ignoring the pre-existing results of .
R-Current DIS on a Shock Wave: Beyond the Eikonal Approximation
With the same goal in mind, we started exploring excited-like models where the walker is in addition also a martingale or a bounded perturbation of one, and posed some questions in 2007 [K], which, it seems, are all still open.
A balanced excited random walk
The spacetime set-up we have in mind here corresponds to a vertex operator for an open string attached to a single Dp-brane or two parallel Dp-branes (of the same dimensionality), the so called p-p string vertex operators NN and DD.
String Vertex Operators and Cosmic Strings
While some relevant experience exists from analyses of K → 3π , the situation is considerably more involved in charm decays where the much larger phase space allows for many resonances to make their presence felt. I therefore suggest to undertake one’s search for an asymmetry in an open-minded fashion.
Heavy Flavour Physics: On Its More Than 50 Years Of History, Its Future And The Rio Manifesto
Particle physics would return to its early traditions where experiment leads theory, as it should be, and where innovative techniques introduce new accelerators and detection methods that allow us to observe with an open mind and without a plan, leading us to unexpected discoveries.
Lepton Photon Symposium 2005: Summary and Outlook
All that can be said with certainty is that the work to date in this direction raises more questions than it answers! Consequently an open mind is needed to make further progress.
Recent Developments in Understanding Two-dimensional Turbulence and the Nastrom-Gage Spectrum
Other possible explanations have been attempted, which required being open minded enough to admit the existence of extra dimensions.
Geometrical constraints on dark energy models
Let’s leave our minds open to surprises as to where we find HI.
Conference Summary: HI Science in the Next Decade
One of the beauties of this method is that there is being creative and open-minded involved, especially when the discrete structure and the probabilistic construction look totally irrelevant at first sight.
A Probability Method to Prove Combinatorial Identities
The innovator should keep an open, supportive mind about innovations being reinvented to gain the most tangible benefits for a project.
Introducing Automated Regression Testing in Open Source Projects
In this context, it may be worth reiterating that one should remain open-minded about the central engines and that different progenitors may (at some rate) contribute to the observed population of sGRBs.
Compact binary mergers: an astrophysical perspective
The open-minded nature of exploratory research can be described by three characteristics: exploratory research is mild, flexible and post hoc.
Multiple Testing for Exploratory Research
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