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  1. covering or applying to a relatively short period of time.
  2. maturing over a relatively short period of time: a short-term loan.
  3. (of profit, loss, interest, etc.) of or relating to a short term, especially one year or less.

Origin of short-term

First recorded in 1900–05 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for short-term


  1. of, for, or extending over a limited period
  2. finance extending over, maturing within, or required within a short period of time, usually twelve monthsshort-term credit; short-term capital
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Word Origin and History for short-term

1901, from short (adj.) + term (n.).

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