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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.
Origin of long-term
1905-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • There are no clear-cut roles, no clear-cut hierarchy, and no long-term commitments.

  • The long-term objectives which they served were not new at all.

    East-West Trade Trends Harold E. Stassen
  • For these a prize of a long-term scholarship and other smaller prizes were offered.

  • So everything is to be put into real estate and long-term bonds.

    The Great God Success John Graham (David Graham Phillips)
  • Much of the action in regard to both is going to have to be long-term, continuing into the future.

    The Nation's River United States Department of the Interior
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for long-term

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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