short·​sight·​ed | \ˈshȯrt-ˌsī-təd \

Definition of shortsighted 

1 : lacking foresight

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Other Words from shortsighted

shortsightedly adverb
shortsightedness noun

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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Former Vice President Al Gore brought his slides and global warming message to Montgomery today, telling a cheering crowd that a shortsighted view of capitalism that puts profits ahead of long-range consequences has helped foster a climate crisis. Mike Cason,, "Al Gore brings global warming message to Montgomery," 27 Apr. 2018 But some experts say the policy that allows cities such as Folsom to use conserved water to count toward new developments could prove dangerously shortsighted as droughts become more common with California's changing climate. Ryan Sabalow, Dale Kasler And Tony Bizjak, sacbee, "They are building 11,000 new homes in Folsom. But will there be enough water?," 18 June 2018 Chiang called the lawsuit shortsighted and said his office will continue working on the program, which is set to debut in a small pilot program this year before launching statewide next year. James Rufus Koren,, "California created a savings program for workers without retirement benefits. A group is suing to kill it," 31 May 2018 Conservatives like to paint this as some kind of fascistic cultural hegemony that stifles speech, which is incredibly wrongheaded and shortsighted. Bijan Stephen, GQ, "The Defiant Anthems of Chvrches," 21 May 2018 The council reversed itself on Monday by a similar margin, but not until after Boatright spent five minutes at a lectern calling the move shortsighted and potentially damaging to the 117-year-old electrical utility and its 57,000 customers. Steve Vockrodt And Mike Hendricks, kansascity, "Acting director of Independence Power & Light to resign after fractious city meeting," 27 June 2018 Who’s against it: Gov. Jerry Brown and construction unions, who say dipping into the surplus is shortsighted and that the state needs a dedicated revenue source to cover the cost of road fixes. Melody Gutierrez,, "Gas taxes, cage-free chickens and a chopped-up California top fall ballot," 3 July 2018 Eliminating basic functions of NOAA is foolhardy, ignorant, shortsighted, and very stupid. Chris Mooney, Anchorage Daily News, "Ocean science agency chief suggests removing 'climate' from mission statement," 25 June 2018 But the idea that liberal women stepping into power was primarily about hostility to Trump is somewhat shortsighted, Symone Sanders, former press secretary for the 2016 presidential campaign of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), told The Fix. Eugene Scott, Washington Post, "Female Democratic nominees are motivated by more than anti-Trump animus," 6 June 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 \

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