Meaning of short-sightedness in English:


Pronunciation /ˌʃɔːtˈsʌɪtɪdnəs/


mass noun
  • 1British The quality of being short-sighted; inability to see things clearly unless they are relatively close to the eyes.

    North American term nearsightedness

    ‘laser eye surgery to correct short-sightedness’
    • ‘Correction of short-sightedness can generally be achieved with glasses or contact lenses.’
    • ‘The Australian researchers reject the conventional view that short-sightedness is a genetic problem in the East.’
    • ‘From the most serious case of short-sightedness her consultant had ever seen, she now has virtually 20 / 20 vision.’
    • ‘We have heard that these exercises help prevent short-sightedness.’
    • ‘We found an association between this opacity at the back of the lens and short-sightedness.’
    • ‘Short-sightedness has increased dramatically in populations over the past several decades.’
    • ‘This process is commonly used to correct short-sightedness.’
    • ‘The overconsumption of sugar and refined carbohydrates during childhood may set up chemical imbalances that predispose to short-sightedness.’
    • ‘This affects the development of the eyeball, making it abnormally long and causing short-sightedness.’
    • ‘The university said it would continue its study on atropine therapy, which is free for children aged four and above with moderate or severe short-sightedness.’
    1. 1.1Lack of imagination or foresight.
      ‘the policy is flawed by its extreme short-sightedness’
      • ‘I never cease to be amazed at the short-sightedness of our politicians.’
      • ‘Much of the their analytical short-sightedness was arguably due more to cultural assumptions than to economic theories.’
      • ‘Their short-sightedness will ultimately cause their own downfall.’
      • ‘In the final analysis, the short-sightedness of contemporary film culture prevents us from viewing our own time through fresh eyes.’
      • ‘My short-sightedness has no logic, folks, except provincialism.’
      • ‘These examples demonstrate more than just waste—they point to the dismaying short-sightedness of our space program.’
      • ‘A few months later, the editor expressed his outrage at the short-sightedness of the judicial opinion.’
      • ‘The threats to its success lie in greed and short-sightedness.’
      • ‘He wasn't especially harsh, but he reminded me of my short-sightedness and silly academic pretensions.’
      • ‘He regarded the philanthropic schemes of the day as characterized by sentimentality, short-sightedness, and hypocrisy.’