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[lawng-lahyvd, -livd, long-] /ˈlɔŋˈlaɪvd, -ˈlɪvd, ˈlɒŋ-/
having a long life, existence, or duration:
a long-lived man; long-lived fame.
(of an object) lasting or functioning a long time:
a long-lived battery.
Origin of long-lived
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English; see long1, lived
Related forms
long-livedness, noun Unabridged
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  • I have no idea whether bats are long-lived animals; or whether they would, for any time, flourish in solitude.

    Live Toys Emma Davenport
  • I had been told and had always thought that we were a long-lived race.

    Athalie Robert W. Chambers
  • It is the general opinion that these natives are not a long-lived race.

    The Bushman Edward Wilson Landor
  • It is this moderation that keeps Englishmen so hearty, jolly, and long-lived.

    Shawl-Straps Louisa M. Alcott
  • Men who come from long-lived families are likely to live long—indeed far beyond the ordinary term of human life.

    Psychotherapy James J. Walsh
  • Man Alexander tried many years ago to make us long-lived like you.

    The Lani People J. F. Bone
  • Like most of those who live to a great age, he was the child of long-lived parents.

    The True Benjamin Franklin Sydney George Fisher
  • It is certain that none of her relatives are long-lived, after she comes to reside with them.

    The Wit of Women Kate Sanborn
British Dictionary definitions for long-lived


having long life, existence, or currency
Derived Forms
long-livedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for long-lived

early 15c., from long (adj.) + past participle of live (v.). Old English had langlife "long-lived."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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