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[shawrt-sahy-tid] /ˈʃɔrtˈsaɪ tɪd/
unable to see far; nearsighted; myopic.
lacking in foresight:
a shortsighted plan.
Origin of shortsighted
First recorded in 1615-25
Related forms
shortsightedly, adverb
shortsightedness, noun
2. unthinking, heedless, careless, improvident.
2. prudent. Unabridged
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  • When all is said, poor Diana appears—despite her cunning—to have been short-sighted.

    Mistress Wilding Rafael Sabatini
  • They are short-sighted in this, for they overlook the results that must attend the alliance with Urbino.

    Love-at-Arms Raphael Sabatini
  • He peered at her with his short-sighted eyes, and from her to Caron.

    The Trampling of the Lilies Rafael Sabatini
  • I guess why; but as I am short-sighted, how shall I see the blisters?

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • Very good, but try to come with some old nun who is short-sighted.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
British Dictionary definitions for short-sighted


relating to or suffering from myopia
lacking foresight: a short-sighted plan
Derived Forms
short-sightedly, adverb
short-sightedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for short-sighted

also shortsighted, 1640s, of eyesight, "myopic;" 1620s in the sense "lacking foresight;" see short (adj.) + sight (n.). Related: Shortsightedly; shortsightedness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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short-sighted in Medicine

shortsighted short·sight·ed (shôrt'sī'tĭd)

  1. Nearsighted; myopic.

  2. Lacking foresight.

short'sight'ed·ly adv.
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