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[lawng-turm, long-] /ˈlɔŋˌtɜrm, ˈlɒŋ-/
covering a relatively long period of time:
a long-term lease.
maturing over or after a relatively long period of time:
a long-term loan; a long-term bond.
(of a capital gain or loss) derived from the sale or exchange of an asset held for more than a specified time, as six months or one year.
1905-10 Unabridged
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  • Though unlikely to succeed in the short term, the new treatment might be valuable in the long term.
  • Research suggests that rewards may work in the short term but have damaging effects in the long term.
  • There have been some long term studies made of past disasters.
  • But trading cannot drive prices up in the long term since for every buy, there is a sell.
  • Profit margins tend to revert to the mean over the long term, in part because high returns attract new market entrants.
  • Universities should have a stake in the long term outcome of their students.
  • Achieving the proverbial win-win-win means forming partnerships for the long term.
  • They know that any more long term obligations are something they cannot sustain.
  • In the long term, that sort of thing can help create exactly the sort of food crisis we're suffering right now.
  • Higher base, smaller bonus, more of the bonus in equity with long term vesting.
British Dictionary definitions for long term


lasting, staying, or extending over a long time: long-term prospects
(finance) maturing after a long period of time: a long-term bond
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Word Origin and History for long term



also longterm, long term, 1876, originally in insurance, from long (adj.) + term (n.).

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