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    If a man often forgives others even when he is offended and seldom loses his cool, can I use the word "broad-minded" to describe his character?

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    Default Re: broadminded

    , though being broad-minded isn't always the same as not losing your cool (although the two tend to go together). If the main characteristic is 'not losing their cool', I'd use something like unflappable, level-headed or equable (depending on register). 'So laid back s/he's nearly horizontal' is a current idiom.

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    Default Re: broadminded

    What about emphasizing this man who often forgives others? Can I use "broad-minded"? Or can I use "So laid back sb is horizonal"?

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    Default Re: broadminded

    Someone who forgives others is "forgiving." Or "doesn't hold grudges."

    Being "broadminded" has to do with being open to hearing and considering the ideas of others, not being fixed in one's own beliefs or ways of thinking.

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    ....Or 'tolerant' (for the 'forgiving' sense). In some contexts you could also use laissez-faire - which literally means (Freench) 'allow [people] to do [what they want]'; it's chiefly used in politics, in phrases like '...pursued a laissez-faire policy...'

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    Default Re: broadminded

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    ....Or 'tolerant' (for the 'forgiving' sense).
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    Thank you, Bobk.

    Will you tell me what does "Zero tolerance for intolerance" mean, please?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Odessa Dawn View Post
    Thank you, Bobk.

    Will you tell me what does "Zero tolerance for intolerance" mean, please?

    "Tolerance" as used by many today means being absolutely accepting of any behavior of any person, with no judgment that one way of life is any better than another. (For example, homosexuality or single motherhood.)

    Those is favor of such "tolerance" are themselves often intolerant with people who hold different views. This is a statement of that. They will not tolerate people who are not as tolerant as they are.

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