literal-minded


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literal-minded

adj
tending to take words and statements in their literal sense

lit′eral-mind`ed



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

literal-minded

[ˈlɪtərəlˈmaɪndɪd] ADJsin imaginación, poco imaginativo
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Yet if you speak in a way that expresses your emotions, those who're less aware of these subtle feelings or even more literal-minded won't understand much at all.
Scott isn't known for his good judgment: his Plagues of Egypt sequence in Exodus: Gods and Kings was so crass and literal-minded it derailed the film all by itself.
Are those who protest so naive and literal-minded they honestly believe we are in danger of being morally brainwashed and corrupted in our thinking by a couple of inanimate wooden puppets?
Fergus and Sookocheff's heartwarming new series, Buddy and Earl, is a celebration of friendship between a trusting, literal-minded family dog and the household's new addition--an impulsive, imaginative hedgehog named Earl.
That is a function of the fact that Filipinos are literal-minded.
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.
1986-92) was one of those, but is so gorgeous, literal-minded, and self-reflexive that it justifies all manner of self-indulgence.
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.
The literal-minded might even suggest the high-profile guests helping her ignite these songs--talents including James Taylor, Carole King, Sheryl Crow, Will Hoge and, of course, her husband of 13 years, Vince Gill--could be collectively viewed as the muse at work.
Language is ambiguous and hard to interpret for literal-minded computers.
The title of the book points to the heart of W's reading, which is built on top of the distinction between two possible mindsets or viewpoints: on the one hand, what we might call the 'self-centered perspective', which W progressively identifies with a narrow, earthly, Rome-centered, literal-minded worldview, a perspective which focuses unduly on the exceptions to the regular order of nature (i.