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adjective as in able only to see things near at hand

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Example Sentences

Assumptions and a myopic “I’m always right” point of view accomplish nothing.

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But trying to impose such order by chasing away informal commerce and culture is myopic.

It is the myopic and solipsistic vantage point of the crotch.

But, the essay is also myopic—once again exaggerating Jewish guilt and minimizing Palestinian blame and responsibility.

It is a function of their myopic passion that they think of the Russian Empire as a pawn in their game.

There is something imposing and demanding in the myopic claims of these characters.

The most myopic of creatures could have seen that Anne was foolishly in love with her rascal husband.

Also, nature had conspired against Henry by handing him with a pair of hopelessly myopic eyes.

Thus it happens frequently in divergent strabismus, when one eye is myopic, the other emmetropic.

For near objects the myopic eye is used without accommodation and therefore also without convergent strabismus of the right.

A careless and myopic man would travel over acres of territory and miss the dollars right along.


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Frequently Asked Questions

What is another word for myopic?

The literal sense of myopic means the same thing as nearsighted or shortsightedmeaning a person can’t see distant things clearly. The medical term for this condition is myopia, and mypoic is its adjective form.

Myopic is commonly used in a metaphorical way. It can describe a person who doesn’t thoroughly think things through, or it can describe things, such as decisions or plans, that lack foresight. A decision or plan considered myopic could be described as ill-advised or ill-considered. Nearsighted and shortsighted can also be used in this metaphorical way.

Myopic can also be used to describe someone considered narrow-minded or closed-mindedintolerant or lacking understanding.

What is the opposite (antonym) of myopic?

In terms of literal eyesight, myopia (nearsightedness) could be considered the “opposite” of farsightedness, technically known as hyperopia, whose adjective form is hyperopic (hypermetropic and hypermetropical are also used).

The word farsighted can be considered an antonym of both the literal and figurative senses of myopic. It suggests foresight or prudent planning.

The opposite of the sense of myopic meaning narrow-minded or closed-minded is open-minded or tolerant.

Where does myopic come from?

The word myopic comes from a Greek word meaning “nearsighted,” or, more literally, “blinking.” It’s a combination of roots meaning “shut” and “eye.” The first records of the word myopic in English come from the late 1700s.

How do you use myopic in a sentence?

Myopic is commonly used in a metaphorical sense. It’s often applied to poorly thought-out plans or decisions, or to the people who make them.

Here are some examples of myopic in a sentence:

  • My optometrist says I’m myopic.
  • Their plan seems particularly myopic—there are several potential consequences they clearly haven’t considered at all.
  • He has been criticized for being myopic about social issues.

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On this page you'll find 16 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to myopic, such as: nearsighted, shortsighted, astigmatic, biased, blind, and halfsighted.

From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.