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Koh Elaine
Posted: Tuesday, April 3, 2018 10:50:06 PM
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Which is correct: 'close-minded', 'closed'-minded?

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FounDit
Posted: Wednesday, April 4, 2018 12:31:24 AM

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Koh Elaine wrote:
Which is correct: 'close-minded', 'closed'-minded?

Thanks.


Both. Close-minded conveys the idea that someone closes their mind to new ideas, or ideas they don't agree with at the time they hear them. They "close" their mind.

Closed-minded conveys the idea that this is a habit build up over time. Their mind is perpetually closed.


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palapaguy
Posted: Wednesday, April 4, 2018 9:30:25 PM

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FounDit wrote:
Koh Elaine wrote:
Which is correct: 'close-minded', 'closed'-minded?

Thanks.


Both. Close-minded conveys the idea that someone closes their mind to new ideas, or ideas they don't agree with at the time they hear them. They "close" their mind.

Closed-minded conveys the idea that this is a habit build up over time. Their mind is perpetually closed.

Not disagreeing, but I believe I have only ever heard "closed-minded."
FounDit
Posted: Wednesday, April 4, 2018 10:36:27 PM

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palapaguy wrote:
FounDit wrote:
Koh Elaine wrote:
Which is correct: 'close-minded', 'closed'-minded?

Thanks.


Both. Close-minded conveys the idea that someone closes their mind to new ideas, or ideas they don't agree with at the time they hear them. They "close" their mind.

Closed-minded conveys the idea that this is a habit build up over time. Their mind is perpetually closed.

Not disagreeing, but I believe I have only ever heard "closed-minded."


Very true. That is probably the most commonly used wording. But because it is very difficult to discern between "close" and "closed", I chose to show that both will work, and under what conditions each meaning would convey.


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