If you're shortsighted, you do something without considering the long-term effects of your actions. It's shortsighted to eat a massive snack at 5:30 when you promised your grandmother you'd come for dinner at 6.

A city council might make the shortsighted decision to save money this year by drastically cutting the school budget. They're so focused on right now that they neglect to think about the negative consequences for students. Such a shortsighted action might even hurt the city itself in the future, when people move away in search of better-funded schools. In the UK, shortsighted also means "nearsighted," but in North America the more figurative meaning is most common.

Definitions of shortsighted
  1. adjective
    unable to see distant objects clearly
    synonyms: myopic, nearsighted
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    farsighted, presbyopic
    able to see distant objects clearly
    eagle-eyed, farseeing, keen-sighted, longsighted
    capable of seeing to a great distance
    hypermetropic, hyperopic
    abnormal ability to focus of distant objects
    capable of discerning distant objects
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  2. adjective
    lacking foresight or scope
    shortsighted policies”
    shortsighted critics derided the plan”
    synonyms: myopic, short, unforesightful
    not provident; not providing for the future
  3. adjective
    not given careful consideration
    synonyms: ill-considered, ill-judged, improvident
    not prudent or wise
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