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I have seen the word myopic used metaphorically to refer to a person who is very short-sighted (can't anticipate the consequences of their actions). Of course myopic is also used in the medical sense to refer to a person who is literally short-sighted.

Is hyperopic also commonly used this way to refer to a person who has exceptional planning abilities and can anticipate consequences easily? Are there examples of it being used this way? Dictionaries define it in the medical sense only.

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In general few would use a negative medical condition to describe a positive trait.

This would be the equivalent of saying that some has hypertrophic cardiomyopathy when you mean they have a big heart.

Foresightedness (n.) is a far more positive way to say this than farsightedness (n.). While farsightedness is acceptable, it still carries an initial "recoil" as a negative before it gets reinterpreted as potentially positive.

His foresightedness was legendary.
He possessed great foresight.
He was foresighted.

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    "Foresightedness" is an abomination. The trait is "foresight"; one who has foresight is "foresighted"; it's ridiculous to add -ness to get back to where you started. In contrast, "farsight" is not a common noun; "farsightedness" actually makes sense. Ngrams (not an authority, I know) seem to agree with me: books.google.com/ngrams/… – MT_Head Mar 31 '14 at 3:31
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    @DavidM Would it be worthwhile to add that farsightedness implies a defect in near vision, and not merely good distance vision? This implicit visual restriction undermines the benefit. Though, I agree that to use a negative condition to describe a positive trait produces some "recoil." – Mike Mar 31 '14 at 10:23
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    @DavidM - "Foresightedness" seems ridiculous to me for the same reason that "beautifulness" would. First we have a quality x; we add a suffix to turn it into an adjective meaning "possessing quality x"; then we add a suffix to mean "the quality of possessing quality x". I don't dispute that it's in the dictionary; given time, a lot of tripe ends up in the dictionary - see irregardless. I do dispute that it ought to be recommended. – MT_Head Mar 31 '14 at 16:57
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    I would have had no objection at all if you'd just recommended "foresight", by the way. – MT_Head Mar 31 '14 at 16:59
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    In a world where reading is less common than today, farsightedness is a much more positive trait than a negative one. Being able to see well at long distances has uses, that others appreciate. – Oldcat Mar 31 '14 at 17:57
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I've never seen "hyperopic" used this way, but its usual layman's equivalent farsighted is quite commonly used in this sense.

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