1590s; see wide (adj.) + minded. This abstract emotional sense of wide existed in Old English; for instance in bradnes "breadth," also "liberality."
inclined to respect views and thinking that differ from your
- not capable of becoming shocked
Arneth was an indefatigable worker, and, as director of the archives, his broad-minded willingness to listen to the advice of experts, as well as his own sound sense, did much to promote the more scientific treatment and use of public records in most of the archives of Europe.