Meaning of mind-blindness in English:


Pronunciation /ˈmʌɪndˌblʌɪn(d)nɪs/


  • 1 rare Generally. An inability or refusal to acknowledge or accept evidence; lack of understanding.

  • 2Medicine
    historical The inability to recognize objects by sight, caused by lesions of certain parts of the cerebral cortex; visual agnosia. Also called psychic blindness.

  • 3Psychology
    An inability to recognize, understand, or interpret mental states (thoughts, beliefs, intentions, etc.) in oneself or others, attributed to persons with autism and related disorders.


Mid 17th century; earliest use found in Samuel Rutherford (c1600–1661), Church of Scotland minister and political theorist. From mind + blindness.