from The Century Dictionary.

  • In pathology, of or relating to myopia; affected with myopia; short-sighted; near-sighted. Also brachymetropic.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Pertaining to, or affected with, or characterized by, myopia; nearsighted.
  • adjective a condition in which the eye is affected with myopia in one meridian only.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective nearsighted; unable to see distant objects unaided
  • adjective shortsighted; improvident
  • adjective narrow minded
  • noun A short-sighted individual.

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

  • adjective unable to see distant objects clearly
  • adjective lacking foresight or scope


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  • The word myopic has appeared in 38 New York Times articles in the past year, including on June 21 in the Op-Ed article, "The Sun Is the Best Optometrist," by Sandra Aamodt and Sam Wang:

    NYT > Home Page By THE LEARNING NETWORK 2011

  • Richardson, 46, said that her parents had been reduced to caricatures of a "bisexual father" and "Marxist mother" which she described as "myopic". - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph 2011

  • So although on the surface of it they may look like two very different topics, when you drill down it's about the same issues: long term issues like poverty, economic development, growth and pensions and long term growth in developed countries and the dangers of using short term myopic policy to resolve it. News Eva Pereira 2011

  • Are you sooooo friggin myopic to think that irrespective of WHO did the declassifying, that THEY would have not just turned to the CIA when the CIA demanded via STATUTE, that an invesitgation be initiated for outing a NOC, and would not these truly traitorous scumbags you now defend, turn to the CIA and say, there is no cause for investigation becasue we declassyfied her, and therefore she IS NOT a NOC.

    Think Progress » “Get it out.” 2006

  • Jimmy Carter comes to mind in the early days he would pour over budgets, read legislation all the way through and even review requests to use the White House tennis courts, he became known as a myopic micro manager.

    CNN Transcript Nov 24, 2008 2008

  • She gazed up at me in myopic perplexity, as if my face were a puzzle she'd completed only to find herself holding an unaccounted piece.

    Excerpt: Inamorata by Joseph Gangemi 2004

  • Having been dubbed "perma-bear" for his generally pessimistic tone, an accusation he calls "myopic," Rosenberg appeared quite bullish on Japan. News Agustino Fontevecchia 2011

  • On the other hand, in looking at the world of probabilities in something like the stock market, we exhibit something researchers call myopic loss aversion.

    Search Engine Optimization and Marketing News provided by 2009

  • However, this view can be described as myopic because cataloging systems developed by librarians handle all types of books, not just science books.

    Library Collection Policies - The Panda's Thumb 2007

  • Another is what the document calls the myopic private sector.

    ANC Daily News Briefing 1996


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  • "Look, metal flower petal tears do not even appear in the Myopic Mirror!"

    -"Forecast Fascist Future," The Sunlandic Twins

    November 22, 2007

  • The thought that man is the pinnacle of evolution is arrogant and myopic.

    December 31, 2009

  • lacking foresight or imagination

    The company ultimately went out of business because the myopic managers couldn't predict the changes in their industry.

    October 19, 2016