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

Definition of shortsighted

1 : lacking foresight

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Other Words from shortsighted

shortsightedly adverb
shortsightedness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for shortsighted


myopic, nearsighted


farsighted, hypermetropic, hyperopic

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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.

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Understanding that cyclists are commonly bumped from Caltrain today, the decision to reduce and not increase bike capacity going forward appears to be extremely shortsighted at best. Letters To The Editor, The Mercury News, "Letter: Cyclists reliable Caltrain riders, require no parking or shuttles," 11 June 2019 Her characters are often shortsighted and spiteful. Adrienne Green, The Atlantic, "The Costs of Going After Love," 7 June 2019 To believe the department’s work is now done is shortsighted and potentially harmful to those inside and outside the prison. Theresa Vargas, Washington Post, "‘No relief in sight’: Hundreds of Virginia inmates languish in solitary confinement for years, groups find.," 22 May 2018 Alas, the industry is as shortsighted as the regulators who oversee banks. WSJ, "Who Will Bank the Supposedly Unbankable?," 13 Nov. 2018 Blevins’ response is disappointing, even shortsighted. Megan Farokhmanesh, The Verge, "Ninja’s unwillingness to stream with women is a problem that points to a larger problem," 14 Aug. 2018 Unfortunately, shortsighted commissioners are overlooking long-term problems that could result from a takeover. Lauren Ritchie,, "Commissioners plan takeover of ambulance service — a bad idea for residents," 9 Feb. 2018 In confronting that Cold War threat, the U.S. made what turned out to be a shortsighted move: fighting the Russians by encouraging Muslims to embrace a war against the infidels. Karl Vick, Time, "The Saudi Crown Prince Thinks He Can Transform the Middle East. Should We Believe Him?," 5 Apr. 2018 Although the system certainly raises alarms — Human Rights Watch is concerned about it, after all — the idea that the US credit system operates much more equitably is shortsighted. Nadra Nittle, Vox, "Spend “frivolously” and be penalized under China’s new social credit system," 2 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of shortsighted

1622, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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


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

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