my·​o·​pic | \ mī-ˈō-pik How to pronounce myopic (audio) , -ˈä-pik How to pronounce myopic (audio) \

Definition of myopic

1 : affected by myopia : of, relating to, or exhibiting myopia : nearsighted It is likely the FDA will initially approve the procedure for severely myopic patients, though it is unclear what range of impaired vision will be included.— Rhonda Rundle In some eyes, the lens does not become flat enough to bring far objects in focus, although it focuses near objects well; people with such eyes are said to be myopic (nearsighted).— Rita L. Atkinson et al.
2 : lacking in foresight or discernment : narrow in perspective and without concern for broader implications Higher learning can offer individuals and societies a depth and breadth of vision absent from the inevitably myopic present.— Drew Gilpin Faust But only a myopic angler would fail to recognize the alarming signals in those unusual conditions.— Pete Bodo Like most who mutilate Chopin, he was musically myopic, fawning over each note instead of seeking the longer shape of a phrase, its arc and context, where the real beauty lay.— Andrew Corsello When he ran again in 2013, this time without a primary opponent, his campaign had an almost myopic focus on a subject dear to Republicans: job creation.— Andy Kroll

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myopically \ mī-​ˈō-​pi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce myopic (audio) , -​ˈä-​ \ adverb
After the Revolution the newly independent American states, governed by large elected legislatures, formed a loose confederation in which each state myopically pursued its own highly localized interests. — Russell Baker

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First Known Use of myopic

1800, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Myopic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of myopic

medical : not able to clearly see objects that are far away : affected with myopia
disapproving : only thinking or caring about things that are happening now or that relate to a particular group rather than things that are in the future or that relate to many people


my·​o·​pic | \ -ˈō-pik How to pronounce myopic (audio) , -ˈäp-ik How to pronounce myopic (audio) \

Medical Definition of myopic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: affected by myopia : of, relating to, or exhibiting myopia

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myopically \ -​(ə-​)lē How to pronounce myopic (audio) \ adverb



Medical Definition of myopic (Entry 2 of 2)

: myope

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