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English definition of “short-sighted”

short-sighted

adjective uk   /ˌʃɔːtˈsaɪ.tɪd/ us    /ˌʃɔːrtˈsaɪ.t̬ɪd/

short-sighted adjective (SIGHT)

C2 (US also nearsighted) describes someone who can only clearly see objects that are close to them

short-sighted adjective (THOUGHT)

C2 disapproving not thinking enough about how an action will affect the future: It's very short-sighted of the government not to invest in technological research.
short-sightedness
noun [U] uk   /-nəs/ (US also nearsightedness) us  
(Definition of short-sighted from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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