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

Definition of shortsighted

1 : lacking foresight

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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 Our rulers are soul-sick cynics who strategically indulge utopian naivety as a cover for their shortsighted greed. James Mcelroy, Washington Examiner, "A Chinese guide to our cultural revolution," 31 Dec. 2020 While her loving but shortsighted family pressures her to get married and conform to societal expectations, Atiye's dreams become increasingly mysterious, connecting her to Göbekli Tepe, an archaeological site in southeastern Turkey. Star Tribune, "A kid-friendly 'Jurassic Park' cartoon: 10 best to watch, read or hear this week," 17 Sep. 2020 When this fire season ends, the climate will still be changing, the forests will still be suffering from shortsighted management, and millions of people will still be living in harm’s way. Michelle Nijhuis, The New Yorker, "The West Coast Wildfires Are Apocalypse, Again," 20 Oct. 2020 But not to understand that the Beatles transformed rock ’n’ roll would be very shortsighted. New York Times, "The 25 Most Influential Works of American Protest Art Since World War II," 15 Oct. 2020 Focussing on the agricultural crises of California’s Central Valley and the Midwest, this study illustrates how years of shortsighted policies and practices have brought the nation’s food systems to the point of collapse. The New Yorker, "Briefly Noted," 5 Oct. 2020 The shortsighted and irate individuals who reportedly used racist insults and threats should be exposed. Star Tribune, "Readers Write: Trump's taxes, 2020 election, halted state COVID survey, the pandemic," 28 Sep. 2020 Dreher warns that it is shortsighted to simply ignore or dismiss lightly the ideological excesses of America’s politically correct intelligentsia. James E. Person Jr., National Review, "Rod Dreher’s Advice for Christians in a Secular Age," 17 Sep. 2020 It is shortsighted to bar people from relief based only on their crime of conviction; that cuts against our core societal belief that people can change, even after committing crimes. Jon Geffen And Mark Osler, Star Tribune, "Some states have failed to protect prison inmates from COVID. Minnesota is one of them," 3 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of shortsighted

1622, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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16 Jan 2021

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“Shortsighted.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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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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