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Characterized by elevated ideals or conduct; noble.

high′-mind′ed·ly adv.
high′-mind′ed·ness n.
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Adv.1.high-mindedly - in a high-minded manner; "he talks high-mindedly, but we don't know whether he acts according to his principles"
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My approach to clarity is to go to the ambiguous side, or to put it more high-mindedly, to turn to Wittgenstein's concept of "family resemblances." "The Jews," in other words, exemplify the sort of social entity Wittgenstein spoke of as "a complicated network of similarities overlapping and criss-crossing." There are, in the case of the Jews, as Wittgenstein said, "overall similarities," and he went on: "I can think of no better expression to characterize these similarities than 'family resemblances'; for the various resemblances between members of a family: build, features, colour of eyes, gait, temperament, etc.
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