noun. 1. a character trait exhibiting the degree to which individuals show lesser degrees of compassion and greater degrees of aggression in social interplay. 2. a character trait marked by skepticism, materialism, empiricism, and fatalism.

TOUGH-MINDEDNESS: "Her tough-mindedness was what attracted him to her in the first place."
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