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ˈʃɔrtˈsaɪ tɪdshort·sight·ed

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. short, shortsighted, unforesightful, myopicadjective

    lacking foresight or scope

    "a short view of the problem"; "shortsighted policies"; "shortsighted critics derided the plan"; "myopic thinking"

  2. nearsighted, shortsighted, myopicadjective

    unable to see distant objects clearly

  3. ill-considered, ill-judged, improvident, shortsightedadjective

    not given careful consideration

    "ill-considered actions often result in disaster"; "an ill-judged attempt"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Shortsightedadjective

    Etymology: short and sight.

    Shortsighted men see remote objects best in old age, and therefore they are accounted to have the most lasting eyes. Isaac Newton, Opt.

    The foolish and shortsighted die with fear
    That they go no where, or they know not where. John Denham.

    Other propositions were designed for snares to the shortsighted and credulous. Roger L'Estrange.


  1. shortsighted

    Near-sightedness, also known as myopia and short-sightedness, is an eye disease where light focuses in front of, instead of on, the retina. As a result, distant objects appear blurry while close objects appear normal. Other symptoms may include headaches and eye strain. Severe near-sightedness is associated with an increased risk of retinal detachment, cataracts, and glaucoma.The underlying mechanism involves the length of the eyeball growing too long or less commonly the lens being too strong. It is a type of refractive error. Diagnosis is by eye examination.Tentative evidence indicates that the risk of near-sightedness can be decreased by having young children spend more time outside. This decrease in risk may be related to natural light exposure. Near-sightedness can be corrected with eyeglasses, contact lenses, or a refractive surgery. Eyeglasses are the easiest and safest method of correction. Contact lenses can provide a wider field of vision, but are associated with a risk of infection. Refractive surgery permanently changes the shape of the cornea.Near-sightedness is the most common eye problem and is estimated to affect 1.5 billion people (22% of the world population). Rates vary significantly in different areas of the world. Rates among adults are between 15% to 49%. Among children, it affects 1% of rural Nepalese, 4% of South Africans, 12% of people in the US, and 37% in some large Chinese cities. In China the proportion of girls is slightly higher than boys. Rates have increased since the 1950s. Uncorrected near-sightedness is one of the most common causes of vision impairment globally along with cataracts, macular degeneration, and vitamin A deficiency.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Shortsightedadjective

    not able to see far; nearsighted; myopic. See Myopic, and Myopia

  2. Shortsightedadjective

    fig.: Not able to look far into futurity; unable to understand things deep; of limited intellect

  3. Shortsightedadjective

    having little regard for the future; heedless

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of shortsighted in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of shortsighted in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of shortsighted in a Sentence

  1. Steny Hoyer:

    No matter how hard the President of the United States works, if one party is determined, for political reasons, to oppose something because it would give a success or a victory to the President of the United States, that is very shortsighted and harms the country, you're not harming Joe Biden personally. What you're harming is the country.

  2. Jonah Peretti:

    I think that there are two paths for AI in digital media, one path is the obvious path that a lot of people will do — but it’s a depressing path — using the technology for cost savings and spamming out a bunch of SEO articles that are lower quality than what a journalist could do, but a tenth of the cost. That’s one vision, but to me, that’s a depressing vision and a shortsighted vision because in the long run it’s not going to work.

  3. Kevin McCarthy:

    Given the political misdirections that have marred this process, given the now duplicative and potentially counterproductive nature of this effort, and given the Speaker's shortsighted scope that does not examine interrelated forms of political violence in America, I can not support this legislation.

  4. Kara Goldman:

    That would be a completely irresponsible goal and ultimately a shortsighted one. We're thinking about the bigger picture : The best way to prevent the health impact of menopause is to prolong the ovaries' natural functioning.

  5. Ryan Wiggins:

    I think it's interesting that Ted Cruz would harm someone that is trying to help the party right now, politics is playing a long game, and that's a very, very shortsighted view of a long game.

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