[fahr-sahy-tid, -sahy-tid]


seeing objects at a distance more clearly than those near at hand; hyperopic.
seeing to a great distance.
wise, as in foreseeing future developments: a farsighted statesman.

Origin of farsighted

First recorded in 1635–45; far + sight + -ed3
Related formsfar·sight·ed·ly, adverbfar·sight·ed·ness, noun

Synonyms for farsighted

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Contemporary Examples of far-sighted

Historical Examples of far-sighted

  • Thrifty and far-sighted, as witness the good ten thousand in cash.


    Edna Ferber

  • The rank and file were neither so far-sighted nor so moderate.

    Lectures on the French Revolution

    John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton

  • But Father Gregory, whose old eyes were far-sighted, had seen it all.

    Long Live the King

    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • But Kociuszko was too far-sighted to content himself with promises.


    Monica Mary Gardner

  • However, you have been far-sighted in fixing beforehand how far I am to go.

    The Letters of Cicero, Volume 1

    Marcus Tullius Cicero

British Dictionary definitions for far-sighted



possessing prudence and foresight
med of, relating to, or suffering from hyperopia
another word for long-sighted
Derived Formsfar-sightedly, adverbfar-sightedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for far-sighted

also farsighted, 1640s, "forecasting, prescient;" 1878 as a defect of the eyes (hypermetropic); see far + sight. Related: Farsightedness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

far-sighted in Medicine



Able to see distant objects better than objects at close range; hyperopic.
Capable of seeing to a great distance.
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