- covering a relatively long period of time: a long-term lease.
- maturing over or after a relatively long period of time: a long-term loan; a long-term bond.
- (of a capital gain or loss) derived from the sale or exchange of an asset held for more than a specified time, as six months or one year.
Origin of long-term
First recorded in 1905–10
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Examples from the Web for long-term
Last year, it let an unemployment extension for the long-term jobless expire during the holidays.To GOP Congress, as Usual, It’s Welfare on the Chopping Block
December 25, 2014
Recovery from a long-term eating disorder is a bit of a statistical anomaly.You’re Never ‘Cured’ of an Eating Disorder
December 20, 2014
It is a horrific and inconvenient truth, but paying ransoms to free hostages invariably worsens the problem in the long-term.To Kill the ISIS Monster You Gotta Do More Than Cut Off Its Money
November 18, 2014
A historic hilltop village in Sicily is selling homes for $1.25 each in exchange for long-term investment and restoration.For Rent: Priceless Historic Sites
November 16, 2014
And with a long-term security agreement with the U.S. signed, this support is assured to continue.Heart of Darkness: Into Afghanistan’s Taliban Valley
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The long-term objectives which they served were not new at all.East-West Trade Trends
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So everything is to be put into real estate and long-term bonds.The Great God Success
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The services are all planning realistically on a long-term basis.
I propose a 28-percent increase in long-term computing research.
Last year, I proposed a $1,000 tax credit for long-term care.
- lasting, staying, or extending over a long timelong-term prospects
- finance maturing after a long period of timea long-term bond
Word Origin and History for long-term
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper