- 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.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Examples from the Web for shortsighted
But the response from prominent Jewish groups and leaders has been shortsighted.See the Met’s ‘Klinghoffer,’ Then Judge It
November 4, 2014
Conservatives attacking Baldwin for his latest fit of (justified) anger are being small-time and shortsighted.Should MSNBC Fire Alec Baldwin and Martin Bashir?
November 23, 2013
The pope also said that the church had become too shortsighted, having lost the message.The Pope Confesses Church’s ‘Obsession’ With Gays, Abortion
Barbie Latza Nadeau
September 19, 2013
Of course, political systems thrive on stirring and shortsighted expressions of national pride.Cyprus is Imploding, So Why Aren't Markets Freaking Out?
March 22, 2013
But these are frequently the strategic reflections of veteran party activists, and their solutions have tended to be shortsighted.The New Populism of the Right
November 27, 2012
We know we are shortsighted and sometimes blind, and that the fight is often hopeless.Mountain Meditations
Nature, shortsighted and impatient, can deal with the seen and the present only.Messages from the Epistle to the Hebrews
Handley C.G. Moule
As far as I could see, he was looking straight at me, and he was not a shortsighted man.Love Among the Chickens
P. G. Wodehouse
And if there wa'n't zipp and scream to it, then I'm shortsighted in the eyes.Shorty McCabe on the Job
It is shortsighted action to deal with the kidneys alone in this trouble.Papers on Health
- Nearsighted; myopic.
- Lacking foresight.
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