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[fahr-sahy-tid, -sahy-tid] /ˈfɑrˈsaɪ tɪd, -ˌsaɪ tɪd/
seeing objects at a distance more clearly than those near at hand; hyperopic.
seeing to a great distance.
wise, as in foreseeing future developments:
a farsighted statesman.
Origin of farsighted
1635-45; far + sight + -ed3
Related forms
farsightedly, adverb
farsightedness, noun
3. foresighted, farseeing, prescient, discerning, prudent, perspicacious. Unabridged
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  • Nor is it the least of his merits, that to our gallant Navy Mr. Webster has been an early, far-sighted, and persevering friend.

  • Thrifty and far-sighted, as witness the good ten thousand in cash.

    Gigolo Edna Ferber
  • This conversion was not the result of deep inward conviction, but of far-sighted craft.

  • But Father Gregory, whose old eyes were far-sighted, had seen it all.

    Long Live the King Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • The old shipmasters bent their keen, far-sighted gaze seaward for a moment.

    The Life of Nancy Sarah Orne Jewett
  • The man at the head of it all is wise and far-sighted and not easily discouraged.

    A Little Girl in Old Philadelphia Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • Then, too, while these people are far-sighted in a good many ways, they are short-sighted in others.

    One Way Out William Carleton
British Dictionary definitions for far-sighted


possessing prudence and foresight
(med) of, relating to, or suffering from hyperopia
another word for long-sighted
Derived Forms
far-sightedly, adverb
far-sightedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for far-sighted

also farsighted, 1640s, "forecasting, prescient;" 1878 as a defect of the eyes (hypermetropic); see far + sight. Related: Farsightedness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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far-sighted in Medicine

farsighted far·sight·ed or far-sight·ed (fär'sī'tĭd)

  1. Able to see distant objects better than objects at close range; hyperopic.

  2. Capable of seeing to a great distance.

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