far·​sight·​ed | \ ˈfär-ˌsī-təd How to pronounce farsighted (audio) \

Definition of farsighted

1a : seeing or able to see to a great distance Intuition is sometimes symbolized as an eagle, a farsighted bird which can see a very long distance from a very great height.— Frances E. Vaughan
b : having or showing foresight or good judgment : sagacious a farsighted leader a farsighted plan/policy/decision Farsighted planners hope to use the memory of the flood to open up the river …— Nicholas Helburn
2 : able to see distant things better than near ones : affected with farsightedness farsighted eyes/vision … offers free screenings and private consultations … for nearsighted and farsighted people who want to find out if they are good candidates for Laser Vision Correction.— Sue Petty

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Other Words from farsighted

farsightedly adverb
… assuring that our pension obligations are fully funded in a long-term effort that was farsightedly proposed … some years ago … — Stephen Hudspeth

Examples of farsighted in a Sentence

plans made by farsighted city leaders farsighted conservationists long ago realized that wilderness areas of breathtaking beauty needed to be protected from future development

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This summer, the federal agency that regulates Wall Street will take a farsighted move. The Christian Science Monitor, "Enjoying more than just the game," 7 June 2019 Omnicom could benefit in the short term from WPP’s creative troubles, while Publicis could yet make something of its expensive but farsighted 2015 acquisition of U.S. consultancy Sapient. Stephen Wilmot, WSJ, "Digital Disruption Snarls Madison Avenue," 2 Nov. 2018 Expecting the slow but steady ramp-up of in-the-know habitues and farsighted home buyers to continue as more stylish businesses and artist communities settle there, Frey has decided to open her studio to the public. Leilani Marie Labong, SFChronicle.com, "How one SF artist is betting big on the Bayview district," 26 June 2018 Lasik surgeons use an ultraviolet laser to reduce the curvature of the cornea for people who are nearsighted, and to accent it for people who are farsighted. Author: Roni Caryn Rabin, Anchorage Daily News, "Blurred vision, burning eyes: This is a Lasik success?," 12 June 2018 In his reports on public credit, a national bank and manufacturing, Hamilton sketched out a farsighted vision for securing the nation’s economic future, with an active role for the federal government. Jay Cost, WSJ, "The Founding Era’s Populist Moment," 8 June 2018 And from a broader economic standpoint, the farsighted companies also created a lot more jobs than other firms did during the same period. Clifton Leaf, Fortune, "Why Companies That Manage for The Long Term Perform Far Better. And Why Most Still Don’t," 21 May 2018 But a more farsighted commander-in-chief would be adding to their armour. The Economist, "Administrative bipolar disorderOne arm of the Trump administration thinks climate change is a security threat," 22 Feb. 2018 The New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision’s announcement that incarcerated people in the state will receive free computer tablets is a welcome policy change, farsighted and sophisticated. Karen L. Murtagh, Fortune, "Commentary: Why Is New York Giving Tablets to All State Prisoners?," 2 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of farsighted

1609, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of farsighted

chiefly US : able to see things that are far away more clearly than things that are near
: able to predict what will or might happen in the future
: made or done while thinking about what will happen in the future


far·​sight·​ed | \ ˈfär-ˈsī-təd How to pronounce farsighted (audio) \

Kids Definition of farsighted

1 : able to see distant things more clearly than near ones
2 : able to judge how something will work out in the future

Other Words from farsighted

farsightedness noun


far·​sight·​ed | \ ˈfär-ˈsīt-əd How to pronounce farsighted (audio) \

Medical Definition of farsighted

1 : seeing or able to see to a great distance
2 : affected with hyperopia

Other Words from farsighted

farsightedly adverb

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