short-termism

short-termism
short-term ˈshort-term adjective
1. continuing for only a short time, or concerned only with the period of time that is not very far into the future:

• Most of the staff are on short-term contracts.

• We will continue to manufacture products to build our market share, even at the cost of short-term losses.

2. in the short term in the immediate future, rather than later:

• The bank is unlikely to cut interest rates in the short term.

3. FINANCE short-term lending, borrowing etc is for less than one year:

• Many financial services companies offer high interest, short-term loans.

— compare long-term
— short-term adverb :

• Short-term prospects do not look good.

— short-termism noun [uncountable] :

• These countries are criticised for lack of planning, lack of strategic thinking and short-termism.

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short-termism UK US noun [U] DISAPPROVING
the practice of considering only the immediate advantages of particular actions: »

Some of Europe's entrepreneurs reveal an alarming level of short-termism in making their investment decisions.


Financial and business terms. 2012.

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