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

Nearby words

  1. short-spoken,
  2. short-staffed,
  3. short-tailed shearwater,
  4. short-tailed shrew,
  5. short-tempered,
  6. short-term exposure limit,
  7. short-term memory,
  8. short-termism,
  9. short-timer,
  10. short-waisted

Origin of short-term

First recorded in 1900–05 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for short-term



of, for, or extending over a limited period
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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