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

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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 The Navy brass was too shortsighted to make use of their invention, but in the 1950s, with that patent as a basis, the military put Lamarr’s ideas into practice. Mick Lasalle, San Francisco Chronicle, "Documentary ‘Bombshell’ celebrates the brilliance of actress Hedy Lamarr," 5 Mar. 2018 In light of this dynamic, keeping sitting members of Congress from visiting Israel is incredibly shortsighted, no matter their views. Michael J. Koplow, The New Republic, "Israel’s Decision to Ban U.S. Congresswomen Is Self-Defeating," 15 Aug. 2019 Such ambivalence is shortsighted, said Jo-Marie Burt, a Latin American studies professor at George Mason University. Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times, "Guatemala, simmering with discontent, shows little enthusiasm for the presidential election," 9 Aug. 2019 Naysayers such as President Trump who pulled us out of an international agreement on addressing climate change are shortsighted. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Your Say: Election 2020 priorities," 2 Aug. 2019 Geldof’s humanitarian work in Africa, while altruistic, has often been criticized as shortsighted. Justin Rohrlich, Quartz Africa, "How Bob Geldof’s African investment fund avoids paying taxes to some of the continent’s poorest countries," 22 July 2019 Government watchdogs are saying Governor Gina Raimondo’s decision to eliminate the state’s first cabinet-level cybersecurity officer position was shortsighted. Dan Mcgowan,, "How Providence plans to spend $20M for school repairs this summer. A ‘shortsighted’ budget cut.," 9 July 2019 If not, he would be exposed to criticism that his trades were shortsighted moves that failed to pay immediate dividends and depleted Philadelphia’s depth and draft assets. Ben Golliver, The Denver Post, "76ers emerge from inventive free agency as true contenders," 3 July 2019 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

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First Known Use of shortsighted

1622, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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23 Sep 2019

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The first known use of shortsighted was in 1622

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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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