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

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plans made by farsighted city leaders farsighted conservationists long ago realized that wilderness areas of breathtaking beauty needed to be protected from future development
Recent Examples on the Web But hindsight is 20/20, unlike her vision, was which decidedly farsighted. Emily Langer, Washington Post, "Joyce Gordon, TV’s ‘girl with the glasses,’ dies at 90," 7 Mar. 2020 The Japanese American leader, whose soft-spoken mien belied powerful drive and farsighted vision, rose to national prominence in the nonprofit world as board chair of the Ford and Kresge foundations. Los Angeles Times, "Irene Hirano Inouye, champion of Japanese American causes, dies at 71," 16 Apr. 2020 Our research has found that preparedness requires not just funding but also farsighted, credible and transparent leadership and citizens’ trust in that leadership. Bhaskar Chakravorti, The Conversation, "Exit from coronavirus lockdowns – lessons from 6 countries," 6 May 2020 Nearly 75 years later, in the depths of the Great Depression, with jobs in short supply and many Americans reduced to waiting in bread lines, President Franklin Roosevelt proved similarly farsighted. Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, "It’s Time to Build a Better Political Culture," 29 Apr. 2020 Now, in a divided country, efficient and farsighted government is necessary to overcome obstacles unprecedented in magnitude and global scope. Henry A. Kissinger, WSJ, "The Coronavirus Pandemic Will Forever Alter the World Order," 3 Apr. 2020 Russ Gibb, the farsighted arts lover and entrepreneur who helped ignite Detroit's live rock scene, died April 30 in Garden City after a series of medical struggles. Micah Walker, Detroit Free Press, "In memoriam: A look back at who Michigan lost in 2019," 26 Dec. 2019 But long-term insurance buyers turned out to be a more determined and farsighted group. Los Angeles Times, "Column: Insurance firms’ blunders on long-term care insurance create disaster for millions," 25 July 2019 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

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First Known Use of farsighted

1609, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Farsighted.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/farsighted. Accessed 29 Nov. 2020.

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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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