for, covering, or involving the very near future: the near-term prospects for lower interest rates.

1955–60 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Main Entry:  near-term1
Part of Speech:  adj
Definition:  short-term
Main Entry:  near-term2
Part of Speech:  adj
Definition:  close to giving birth's 21st Century Lexicon
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Example sentences
Tourism is the only sector offering any near-term potential, and even this is
  limited due to a short season and high costs.
The center's near-term goal is to make cheetahs self-sustaining in captivity.
The forum would have both near-term and long-term objectives.
In the meantime, any near-term threat to our survival on this planet is dwarfed
  by the difficulty of surviving on any other.
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