[lawng-turm, long-]
  1. covering a relatively long period of time: a long-term lease.
  2. maturing over or after a relatively long period of time: a long-term loan; a long-term bond.
  3. (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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Historical Examples of longterm

  • Its use is and will be a strong consideration in longterm planning—another good reason, in fact, for flexibility.

    The Nation's River

    United States Department of the Interior

British Dictionary definitions for longterm


  1. lasting, staying, or extending over a long timelong-term prospects
  2. finance maturing after a long period of timea long-term bond
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Word Origin and History for longterm



also longterm, long term, 1876, originally in insurance, from long (adj.) + term (n.).

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