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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.
Origin of short-term
1900-05 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for short-term
  • Settling for a tolerable short-term future, newspapers could end up writing themselves out of the long-term one.
  • When you think that way, you have to always consider the long-run implications of short-term actions.
  • It divides human memory into three stages or parts: sensory memory, short-term memory, and long-term memory.
  • Such a plan must be perceived as a long-term strategy, not a short-term fix.
  • short-term jobs, long stretches of unemployment, no health care.
  • There is a difference between short-term fluctuations and long-term trends.
  • Yes, it doesn't economically make sense as long as companies and people who run them are interested of their short-term profits.
  • To create a memory, the brain moves information from short-term storage into long-term storage--a process called consolidation.
  • Second, there is a difference between short-term correlations and long-term ones.
  • In a vicious temporary slump, driven by a credit crunch and the collapse of global spending, such subsidies make short-term sense.
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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