- The definition of near term is a time period that is very soon as opposed to one that is in the distant future.
An example of a near term goal is something you want to accomplish tomorrow or this week, as opposed to something that you want to accomplish five years from now.
near-term definition by Webster's New World
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of or for the immediate future
near-term definition by American Heritage Dictionary
Of, for, or involving a short period of time in the near future.