from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Able to see distant objects better than objects at close range; hyperopic.
  • adj. Capable of seeing to a great distance.
  • adj. Planning prudently for the future; foresighted: large goals that required farsighted policies.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Being unable to focus with one's eyes on near objects; presbyopic.
  • adj. Being considerate about the future with respect to one's own plans or deeds; showing anticipation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Seeing to great distance; hence, of good judgment regarding the remote effects of actions; sagacious.
  • adj. Hypermetropic.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Seeing to a great distance; seeing objects more clearly at a distance than near at hand; hyperopic or presbyopic.
  • Looking far before one; considering carefully the probable results of present conduct or action; prescient: as, a far-sighted statesman; far-sighted policy.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. able to see distant objects clearly
  • adj. planning prudently for the future


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