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1. Ready to accept on firm evidence that one's most cherished beliefs may be hogwash, but bearing in mind that extraordinary claims demand extraordinary evidence.

2. Politically correct synonym for "gullible" used by New Age quacks who want to sell you a bill of goods.
I am open-minded about the existence of the Judeo-Christian God. If he appears in the immortal flesh in the heavens to me and a few billion other people and manifests his power openly in such a manner that it cannot possibly be a dream, illusion, hallucination or anything of the sort, I'll accept he is there. In the meantime, it is more befitting the heritage of the human intellect to ignore such figures as mythical.

Open-mindedness is a virtue, but when dealing with New Age salespeople it is important to remember that if you keep your mind too open, your brain may fall out.
by Fearman March 29, 2008
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Being open minded is being willing to give many different practices and opinions consideration.

However, this does NOT equate to tolerance. Tolerance implies being okay with people doing whatever they want. Open mindedness is only giving it consideration.

Unfortunately, many left-leaning people seem to think they're the same, and, as an insult, accuse more conservative people of being close-minded, which makes little sense.
I told her I was personally against gay marriage, because it violates natural law. So she said that I am not open minded, and called me a dirty racist conservative.
by OneLittleVictory December 12, 2009
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Listening to others and fairly contemplating more than one viewpoint while holding your own stance on an issue.
by Minnestoa Eh? February 19, 2004
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Open mindedness is when even if you think you are right, you know that you can be wrong and are always willing to listen to and hear an opposing or contradictory view.
Open minded people have views but know that their views do not have to be held by everyone. Open minded people also know that their views can be wrong.
by madhvi February 17, 2004
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An ability to not dismiss an idea with sneering contempt, simply because it does not fit within your preconceived notions.
Rather than preaching an intolerant ideal of "tolerance" you should strive to be more open minded.
by Jake in NYC April 24, 2006
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Having a mind willing to listen to opinions that are different from or conflict with your own; unbiased; unprejudiced.

Unfortunately, it has become a term used by condescending to describe themselves or to mean "you should agree with me."

The irony of term being that modern psychology disproves that people are incapable of being truly open minded. Therefore, if one was to claim that they are open minded, they must be willing to acknowledge that they are not open-minded.
(After a debate on the internet)

Lindsay: You should be more open minded.

Elise: So, in other words, I should agree with you? You are aware you are not being open minded.
by Commonsense September 04, 2012
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a person who actually tries something before they decide whether they like it or not; they like or hate something because of actual exposure, not because others think it's cool
I am an open-minded punk. I don't hate on artists like Avril Lavigne and Simple Plan because so-called "true punks" think they shouldn't be listened to. I actually have heard their music, and while they may not sing about the government, they're still great artists.
by Karen Stickney August 31, 2006
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