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[shawrt-turm] /ˈʃɔrtˈtɜrm/
covering or applying to a relatively short period of time.
maturing over a relatively short period of time:
a short-term loan.
(of profit, loss, interest, etc.) of or relating to a short term, especially one year or less.
1900-05 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Examples from the web for short term
  • People often overuse natural resources to survive and profit in the short term, while neglecting long-term sustainability.
  • short term paper losses on long-term investments are meaningless.
  • Investing long term smooths out the risk that you would see from investing short term.
  • Though unlikely to succeed in the short term, the new treatment might be valuable in the long term.
  • The question is one of acting sensibly in the short term while keeping our eyes on the potentialities of the future.
  • They chose to go for short term gains over long term stability.
  • Planting trees might help slightly in the short term, but reforestation is not a long term answer.
  • However, this does not mean that in the short term the country's export boom will continue unabated.
  • And in the short term there are still plenty of willing suppliers.
  • The fact that instead they are focused so much on short term growth has troubling implications.
British Dictionary definitions for short term


of, for, or extending over a limited period
(finance) extending over, maturing within, or required within a short period of time, usually twelve months: short-term credit, short-term capital
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Word Origin and History for short term



1901, from short (adj.) + term (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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