- covering or applying to a relatively short period of time.
- maturing over a relatively short period of time: a short-term loan.
- (of profit, loss, interest, etc.) of or relating to a short term, especially one year or less.
Origin of short-term
First recorded in 1900–05
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Examples from the Web for short-term
The Affordable Care Act was always a short-term political loser with respect to middle-class voters.Staving Off a Democratic Civil War
December 2, 2014
Cheshire is supposed to be a “short-term” facility, with 60 percent of its prisoners awaiting trial.‘Progressive Jail’ Is a 21st-Century Hell, Inmates Complain
September 29, 2014
But blaming contemporary politics for the deep roots of inequality in Scotland is a misdirected, short-term fixation.Scotland’s ‘Yes’ Campaign and the Myth of Scottish Equality
September 18, 2014
But as the increasing backlash against clickbait shows, the short-term gains in unique views may cost news sites in the long run.
This growing clickbait awareness may ultimately cost news agencies that are gunning for short-term gains.
Marriage, if at all considered, has become a short-term contract.The Civilization of Illiteracy
The other fellers further on there, in chains, is short-term men.Blue Lights
On short-term training they were rarely allotted to important work.Merchantmen-at-Arms
David W. Bone
But the problems of hunger cannot be solved by short-term measures.
They have to alter the genes—acquired characters would be of use only in a short-term project, and this is long-term.One Way
Miriam Allen deFord
- of, for, or extending over a limited period
- finance extending over, maturing within, or required within a short period of time, usually twelve monthsshort-term credit; short-term capital
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Word Origin and History for short-term
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