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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for shortsightedness
Historical Examples
  • The shortsightedness in the family of the Medici was hereditary.

  • August 21: The arrogance and shortsightedness of the workingclass is beyond belief.

  • This miracle was due to the shortsightedness and timidity of the Russian generals.

    The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte William Milligan Sloane
  • But it came to her more and more that there was great selfishness and shortsightedness in this.

  • Of course, there is no denying the shortsightedness of the forces of rum.

    Nonsenseorship G. G. Putnam and Others
  • He knew them all by name; they dispelled his shortsightedness marvelously.

    The Imitator Percival Pollard
  • Professional jealousy and shortsightedness was the main element in it.

    The Popes and Science James J. Walsh
  • The reverse is obtained of that which was aimed at in folly and shortsightedness.

    Woman under socialism August Bebel
  • Had she done this terrible thing by her own shortsightedness and folly?

    Banked Fires

    E. W. (Ethel Winifred) Savi
  • If failure followed it could only be because of shortsightedness and stubbornness on our part.

    Pieces of Hate Heywood Broun
shortsightedness in Medicine

shortsightedness short·sight·ed·ness (shôrt'sī'tĭd-nĭs)

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

  1. Nearsighted; myopic.

  2. Lacking foresight.

short'sight'ed·ly adv.
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