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In the Merriam-Webster Dictionary narrow-minded is defined as lacking in tolerance or breadth of vision A narrow-minded person can be considered as marked by or reflective of narrow interests sympathies andor outlooks However the previous consideration is a somewhat broad assumption Even though a person is of narrow-mind does not necessarily mean they have few interests and outlooks Definitely though one who is narrow-minded should not be considered open-minded but should not be considered close-minded either After all the passageway into ones such mind is still somewhat open thus not fully closed -only narrow So why exactly is a narrow-minded person not a closed or open-minded person A thesaurus description of narrow-mindedness is intolerant bigoted and small-minded Small-minded does not seem to fit the description though because by saying small-minded one can assume simple-minded which can be perceived as one of little intelligence or common sense The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines open-minded as receptive to arguments and ideas and free form rigidly fixed preconceptions With all of these definitions in mind narrow-mindedness is lacking not completely in tolerance or breadth of vision not open-minded thus not fully receptive to arguments ideas or views of others nor fully free form rigidly fixed preconceptions and somewhat bigoted For example my mom and I have always considered my brother as narrow-minded He bigotedly views everythingone according to his limited criteria and rigidly fixed preconceptions as either acceptable or not acceptable Once his mind is made up he is very intolerant of others views ideas or arguments His views are somewhat harsh and not easily changed or even softened However the fact that after several years of heated arguments most of which he got up and left my mom and I finally convinced my brother that he is narrow-minded which proves that a narrow-minded person is not close-minded If he were close-minded there would have been no way to convince him of any belief that did not coincide with his
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