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[shawrt-turm] /ˈʃɔrtˈtɜrm/
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 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • This makes you an 'Investment Counselor, short-term transactions only,' and removes from you the odious nomenclature of 'Bookie.'

    The Big Fix George Oliver Smith
  • On short-term training they were rarely allotted to important work.

    Merchantmen-at-Arms David W. Bone
  • With short-term marriages, dissolvable at will, there is no reason why they should be otherwise.

    The Girl in the Golden Atom Raymond King Cummings
  • It would be somewhat audacious to assume that these short-term records have far-reaching importance.

  • There were six candidates for the short-term senatorship—all of them carpet-baggers.

British Dictionary definitions for short-term


of, for, or extending over a limited period
(finance) extending over, maturing within, or required within a short period of time, usually twelve months: short-term credit, short-term capital
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for short-term

1901, from short (adj.) + term (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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