Short-term is used to describe things that will last for a short time, or things that will have an effect soon rather than in the distant future.

Investors weren't concerned about short-term profits over the next few years...

This is a cynical manipulation of the situation for short-term political gain...

The company has 90 staff, almost all on short-term contracts...

The short-term outlook for employment remains gloomy...

There is no easy short-term solution to Britain's economic malaise.


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