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

  • adj. Involving or lasting a relatively brief time.
  • adj. Payable or reaching maturity within a relatively brief time, such as a year: a short-term loan.
  • adj. Acquired over a relatively brief time: short-term capital gains.

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  • adj. of or pertaining to the near or immediate future.
  • adj. of or pertaining to a short duration of time

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  • adj. relating to or extending over a limited period


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short + term


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  • "There's really an inherent tension in our minds between what we refer to as short-term goals and long-term ones," DeSteno says.

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  • A spokesman for Rick Perry says the Texas governor does not support what he called "short-term gimmicks."


  • In his own sights are what he calls a "short-term, take-what-you-can, in-it-for-yourself " capitalism and the divide it creates between the top 1 per cent and the other 99 per cent.

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  • This is called short-term displacement or the "harvesting" effect of pollution.

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  • That they could allow such a resource to be lost, and lost for ever, is far more than a dereliction of duty – even a banana republic would blush at the callousness of letting something so good and worthwhile go in the name of short-term cuts Fiona Millar, Education, 12 April.

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  • If the stock sold had been purchased less than a year ago, the trades are classified as short-term.

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  • The immediate memory for events that have just happened is called short-term memory.

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  • Ted had just explained why one category of serial killers were willing to confess—their murdering careers are short in duration, and they are called short-term serial killers.

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