- unable to see far; nearsighted; myopic.
- lacking in foresight: a shortsighted plan.
Origin of shortsighted
First recorded in 1615–25
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2. unthinking, heedless, careless, improvident.
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Examples from the Web for short-sighted
Instigating military involvement without considering these issues is nothing more than a short-sighted action.A Plea for Peace in Syria
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This is short-sighted and reckless, and it undermines decades of American-Jewish policy.Why The Hagel Nomination Hearing Is A Victory For ECI
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When all is said, poor Diana appears—despite her cunning—to have been short-sighted.Mistress Wilding
They are short-sighted in this, for they overlook the results that must attend the alliance with Urbino.Love-at-Arms
He peered at her with his short-sighted eyes, and from her to Caron.The Trampling of the Lilies
I guess why; but as I am short-sighted, how shall I see the blisters?
Very good, but try to come with some old nun who is short-sighted.
- relating to or suffering from myopia
- lacking foresighta short-sighted plan
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Word Origin and History for short-sighted
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Nearsighted; myopic.
- Lacking foresight.
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