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[shawrt-lahyvd, -livd] /ˈʃɔrtˈlaɪvd, -ˈlɪvd/
living or lasting only a little while.
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short-livedness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for short-lived
  • Even in animals as short-lived as mice, she points out, studying ageing is a long-winded process.
  • Pilots occasionally report temporary flickering of lights or short-lived interference with instruments.
  • The droughts were relatively short-lived, lasting between three and nine years, the authors report.
  • Some believe that radioactive materials with long lifetimes are more dangerous than short-lived ones.
  • Thus, even if the boost of good feeling-and self-worth-is short-lived, it might spawn actions that yield lasting benefits.
  • Many other radioisotopes, both long- and short-lived, are also likely to have been released.
  • Or if they did benefit, the improvement was short-lived, followed by a relapse.
  • But it's looking more and more likely that liquid water was once abundant, though short-lived.
  • Researchers had thought this species might be a fluke-a single, short-lived dispersal of one type of tetrapod.
  • It was a short-lived effort as the chickens began dying from fluoride poisoning.
British Dictionary definitions for short-lived


living or lasting only for a short time
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Word Origin and History for short-lived

1580s, from short (adj.) + past tense of live (v.).

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