View synonyms for shortsighted


[ shawrt-sahy-tid ]


  1. unable to see far; nearsighted; myopic.
  2. lacking in foresight:

    a shortsighted plan.

    Synonyms: improvident, careless, heedless, unthinking

    Antonyms: prudent

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Other Words From

  • shortsighted·ly adverb
  • shortsighted·ness noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of shortsighted1

First recorded in 1615–25

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Example Sentences

“Given the Speaker’s shortsighted scope that does not examine interrelated forms of political violence in America, I cannot support this legislation,” a statement from his office concluded, in a talking point that McCarthy also raised on Wednesday.

From Vox

The shortsighted practice of stopping all fire, experts say, is no longer an option.

He wasn’t the first egg and wasn’t the last to be so shortsighted.

I wonder if that is because vendors like Substack and Revue want to promote their subscription model, but if so that is shortsighted.

With a business to run and employees’ livelihoods to consider, I would have been shortsighted to simply wait on the sidelines and hope for the best.

From Quartz

But the response from prominent Jewish groups and leaders has been shortsighted.

By Friday morning in Washington, that assessment looked shortsighted.

Others end up being very shortsighted and simply buy all the items they need for dinner and nothing more.

That's a pretty shortsighted approach to music, historically speaking.

Conservatives attacking Baldwin for his latest fit of (justified) anger are being small-time and shortsighted.

The Seneschal peered at him curiously through shortsighted eyes.

He was a fair-faced, blue-eyed young man, very shortsighted, with a faint lisp and an effeminate air.

The overthrow of Marlborough effected an object quite unlooked for by his eager and shortsighted enemies.

It becomes us, shortsighted and fallible as we are, to deal cautiously and tenderly with the memory of the illustrious departed.

Although I am rather shortsighted, I foresee great calamities in the future.





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