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1. Having poor vision; nearly or partly blind.
2. Slow in understanding or discernment; dull: "a purblind oligarchy that flatly refused to see that history was condemning it to the dustbin" (Jasper Griffin).
3. Obsolete Completely blind.

[Middle English pur blind, totally blind, nearsighted : pur, pure; see pure + blind, blind; see blind.]

pur′blind′ly adv.
pur′blind′ness n.
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the state of being purblind
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adj (liter) (lit)Halbblindheit; (fig)Blindheit f, → Borniertheit f, → Dummheit f
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