From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishshort-termˌshort-ˈterm ●●○ adjective [usually before noun] SHORT TIMEcontinuing for only a short time, or relating only to the period that is not very far into the future OPP long-term The treatment may bring short-term benefits to AIDS sufferers. Most of the staff are on short-term contracts. She’s suffering from short-term memory loss. → in the short term at term1(6) —short-term adverb
Examples from the Corpusshort-term• During this first transitional phase, de Gaulle's preoccupations were mostly short-term.• short-term economic forecasts• The most poisonous was the desire to have more now: short-term greed rather than long-term greed.• Wall Street takes a short-term look at the world.• She can still remember things that happened fifty years ago, but her short-term memory is terrible!• Her injuries have left her with chronic migraine headaches, seizures, insomnia, nausea and short-term memory loss.• Six subjects did 60 trials of the short-term memory tasks for visually presented letters with or without concurrent articulatory suppression.• To cope with short-term problems it proposed an emergency programme covering aid, energy, food and international relations over five years.• Some of the apartments are available for short-term rentals.• Certificates of deposit are another means of short-term, wholesale lending and borrowing.From Longman Business Dictionaryshort-termˈshort-term adjective1continuing for only a short time, or concerned only with the period of time that is not very far into the futureMost 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.2in the short term in the immediate future, rather than laterThe bank is unlikely to cut interest rates in the short term.3FINANCE short-term lending, borrowing etc is for less than one yearMany financial services companies offer high interest, short-term loans. → compare long-term —short-term adverbShort-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.