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Definition of farsightedness

1 : the quality or state of being farsighted : the ability to anticipate and plan for the future Here was a man capable of an extraordinary farsightedness and liberality on the international scene.— John F. Burns
2 : a condition in which visual images come to a focus behind the retina of the eye and vision is better for distant than for near objects : hyperopia … in June the F.D.A. approved a new procedure … for treatment of mild to moderate farsightedness in people over 40.— Kenneth Chang

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Examples of farsightedness in a Sentence

thanks to our farsightedness, we had sufficient emergency supplies when the storm knocked out our power
Recent Examples on the Web These are simply garden-variety nearsightedness and farsightedness as well as astigmatism (distorted vision at all distances) and presbyopia, which is the loss of up-close focusing ability (hello, reading glasses!). Meryl Davids Landau, Good Housekeeping, "How to Maintain Good Eye Health, According to Doctors," 13 Mar. 2020 Contact lenses can be worn to correct a variety of vision conditions, such as myopia, or nearsightedness; hyperopia, or farsightedness; and astigmatism. Tiffany Yannetta, Seventeen, "Everything You Need to Know About Getting Contact Lenses," 26 Oct. 2018 Vann’s stewardship as editor and publisher was characterized by crusading intensity tempered with a shrewd farsightedness about the newspaper’s long-term prospects. Gene Seymour, USA TODAY, "'Smoketown' celebrates Pittsburgh's little-known 'Black Renaissance'," 31 Jan. 2018 Altitude was eminence, farsightedness, elevation—power. The Economist, "Higher still and higherNew lift technology is reshaping cities," 19 Dec. 2017 Of the overall cases, 69 percent arose from simple uncorrected refractive errors, which include myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness) and astigmatism (blurry vision up close, far away or both). By Sue Arrowsmith, miamiherald, "Children’s vision problems often go undetected, then get worse," 24 July 2017 Presbyopia is farsightedness that usually occurs as people age. Hannah Madans, Orange County Register, "Irvine-based LensGen raises $21 million," 5 June 2017 Otherwise, my children will take their children to Arlington and teach them not about the worth of their ancestors’ sacrifices, or the farsightedness of JFK’s policy, but the ultimate futility of both. Charles Lane, The Denver Post, "Why I shed tears on Memorial Day this year," 31 May 2017 But there's a flip side to such farsightedness that shows up again and again in the history of innovation: the blind spots, the possibilities that somehow escaped our field of vision but that, in retrospect, seem glaringly obvious. Steven Johnson, WIRED, "Why Inventors Misjudge How We’ll Abuse Their Creations," 15 Oct. 2014

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First Known Use of farsightedness

1799, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Farsightedness.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/farsightedness. Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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1 : the quality or state of being farsighted

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