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literal-minded

adj
tending to take words and statements in their literal sense
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lit′eral-mind`ed



adj.
unimaginative; prosaic.
[1865–70]
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Translations

literal-minded

[ˈlɪtərəlˈmaɪndɪd] ADJsin imaginación, poco imaginativo
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005
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That is a function of the fact that Filipinos are literal-minded. Figurative or metaphorical language doesn't work here.
Forget the literal-minded moaners who complain that ITV's amusingly inaccurate drama fails to adhere to the letter of courtroom law.
Film noir is all very well, but the literal-minded have rights and reasonable expectations not to be misled.
Du's so bloody literal minded." This could also be considered a warning to literal-minded readers to embrace the journey this story offers without attempting to pin down characters or meaning until that journey is complete.
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