Definition of tough-minded in English:

tough-minded

adjective

  • Strong, determined, and able to face up to reality.

    • ‘But even if tough-minded businessmen and a reform-minded government make all the right moves, B.C. is going to be a far different province in the 21st century.’
    • ‘Ironic, tough-minded, unsentimental, all three remained possessed by a piece of experience they - none of them - could actually penetrate.’
    • ‘That injects his analysis with a tough-minded realism that is often lacking in challenges to the hawkish view of the world.’
    • ‘But with sufficient will and attention, and a balanced, tough-minded approach, solutions are possible.’
    • ‘But no regulator, no matter how devoted and how tough-minded, can ever fully offset the incentives that many of the players in the market have to misbehave.’
    • ‘We need to understand that they know who they are, and are clear about their interests and in that clear tough-minded way that we need to sit down and make it clear that we're not going the base relationships on delusions and wishful thinking.’
    • ‘At the same time, this next generation of women is too practical, pragmatic, and tough-minded to be dismissed as ideologues.’
    • ‘While this view was based on very selective evidence, it had a powerful hold on political leaders, tough-minded technocrats and senior government bureaucrats in many developing countries.’
    • ‘All the tough-minded arguments for liberal imperialism are ones that could have been - and were - used to justify wars that today's liberal imperialists retroactively deplore.’
    • ‘Now there's an opportunity for getting on all fours in a hard-headed, tough-minded way, with a government which is trying to do the right sort of thing.’
    • ‘The tough-minded approach isn't good news for high-tech companies looking for a return to glory days.’
    • ‘They are close to the tough-minded position of extreme realists - except that hard revolutionists want to destroy the state system, whereas extreme realists want to preserve it.’
    • ‘Thus, she plausibly can present herself as tough-minded here (more than plausibly perhaps - few have ever questioned her toughness).’
    • ‘He has vision, a tremendous burst of acceleration, he runs low to the ground and he's a very tough-minded player.’
    • ‘He proved himself to be tenacious, smart, and extremely well-educated - with the kind of tough-minded common sense they breed in the West.’
    • ‘You might not remember why you made up your mind but, because you're such a tough-minded thinker, your reasons must have been good ones.’
    • ‘Increasingly, work and competition exist along the boundary where ideas meet execution - and where soaring creativity meets tough-minded business logic.’
    • ‘The tone of the report is tough-minded and the approach managerialist.’
    • ‘All of that glamour wilts under the scrutiny of tough-minded business analysis.’
    • ‘These subjects are strong-willed and tough-minded.’
    practical, pragmatic, matter-of-fact, down-to-earth, sensible, commonsensical
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Pronunciation:

tough-minded

/ˌtəfˈmīndəd/