short·​sight·​ed | \ ˈshȯrt-ˌsī-təd How to pronounce shortsighted (audio) \

Definition of shortsighted

1 : lacking foresight

Other Words from shortsighted

shortsightedly adverb
shortsightedness noun

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Examples of shortsighted in a Sentence

shortsighted politicians who only care about how they do in the next election The plan was dangerously shortsighted.
Recent Examples on the Web These shortsighted policies will put American lives at risk. Chad Wolf And James Sherk, WSJ, 13 Oct. 2021 Jen Psaki's scornful response to the idea of free at-home tests reflects just how shortsighted the U.S. government's response to Covid-19 still is. Melody Schreiber, The New Republic, 8 Dec. 2021 Yet, speaking of culture war, the shift is shortsighted because property rights were a major asset for the right in many religious liberty battles, as Reason's Billy Binion reviews in light of Abbott's ban. Bonnie Kristian, The Week, 10 June 2021 Swans are not known to be particular delicacies, and some analysts say that such efforts are shortsighted solutions being tried in place of systemic improvements to the economy. Washington Post, 5 Dec. 2021 The government’s withering authority is a consequence of its own shortsighted strategy to use gangs to achieve its objectives, human rights advocates say. New York Times, 27 Oct. 2021 This shortsighted approach will tick the box but not materially affect climate change. Forrester, Forbes, 27 Oct. 2021 Prohibiting the use of any technology that contributes to carbon reduction in the energy system is shortsighted and irresponsible. David Blackmon, Forbes, 3 Nov. 2021 Big Government threats cannot overcome poor, shortsighted policy decisions. WSJ, 2 Dec. 2021

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First Known Use of shortsighted

1622, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of shortsighted was in 1622

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28 Jan 2022

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“Shortsighted.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of shortsighted

: not considering what will or might happen in the future
: made or done without thinking about what will happen in the future


short-sight·​ed | \ ˈshȯrt-ˈsī-təd \

Kids Definition of short-sighted

1 : made without thinking about what will happen in the future a short-sighted policy


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